Issue by Issue – Black Condor #6

Writer – Brian Augustyn
Artist – Rags Morales
Inker – Richard Space
Colours – Eric Kachelhofer
Letters – Gaspar Saladino

After the turbulence in the homeless encampment that left it a ruin, Black Condor who had gone undercover to seek out the woman named Karin, has gone missing. Ned, his good and quite possibly only friend, is looking for him and just when all seems lost, he finally notices Condor’s arm sticking out from underneath a mountain of debris. Also noticing this is Karin, the damaged young telepath who enters his mind and wakes him up, who aids in his escape as he comes back to the waking world and lifts that mountain up with the greatest of efforts, something that no ordinary man would ever be able to do. At this point author Brian Augustyn has already sent Karin on her way, only to be attacked by those of the Society who have been sent to reign her in before she can do anything else. Things do not go as planned obviously, Karin is far too powerful to control and factor in Black Condor who is rushing to her side as fast as he possibly can, not wanting the Society to get their hands on her, they are simply no match for either of them, nevermind the both of them. Condor and Karin take care of the thugs and then the former comes up with a plan but not before Karin takes them into her astral world where she is a normal girl and where everything is sunshine and roses. It is there that she hints at their shared past and where she asks him to stay with her for all time and while he would like nothing more, there are things that he needs to do before he can ever consider such a thing. That brings Augustyn to the last act of the book where he reveals what happens when Karin and Black Condor, whose name happens to be Ryan, work together. While it does not solve all of their problems with the Society, the two of them at least taught the villains a lesson. What made this book a good one was just how much it expanded upon the character of Black Condor, what makes him tick, his name, more of his origin and that he once had some type of romance once upon a time. It took a while but Augusty and Rags Morales finally gave readers a little more meat to chew on and made it so that Condor is a little more relatable. It finally feels like some progress is being made in the book and it should hopefully, be more interesting moving forward.

3.5 out of 5

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