Issue by Issue – Black Condor #10

Writer – Brian Augustyn
Artist – Rags Morales
Inker – Richard Space
Colours – Eric Kachelhofer
Letters – Steve Haynie

Black Condor is not having a good day, not that he is aware of it. At the moment, he is still a giant stone monster, seeming to be on a rampage but nobody really knows as no one can communicate with him. Only Ned has faith that Condor is still a good guy somewhere within that rocky exterior but he is having the hardest of times convincing anyone of that. The Ray, who showed up in the previous issue, is one of those that are having a hard time believing it and so while he tries to use kid gloves when dealing with Condor, he is finding it to be impossible. Eventually, there comes a point where the Ray starts to fight back as he has reached his breaking point. That being said, he does not fare well and it is soon brought to his attention that Black Condor is currently healing inside of that monstrous shell and that if left alone, he will soon be okay. Brian Augustyn and Rags Morales give readers another solid chapter in this book, though one that continues to provide no answers to a variety of questions such as why the original Black Condor appears as a ghost and only to Ned and even further to that, why his old teammate the original Ray appears to the new Ray. Is it something to do with the Freedom Fighters or is it something else altogether. Also, why is it that the original Condor can see the original Ray but not the other way around? One has to wonder about this rocky exterior that has enveloped Black Condor as well, is it a part of his makeup, of his powers or is it something he was unaware of and something that could happen again should the need arise. Questions upon questions have been made by the reader ever since the first issue of this book and Augustyn has answered very few of them and to an extent, it is very frustrating. At some point, Augustyn is going to have to give readers something to latch onto and while the stories thus far have been generally entertaining and somewhat enjoyable, having plots go on and on without any resolution is not as engaging as one might think. As far as this issue goes though, it was fun and seeing these two heroes team up in the future would be interesting to see.

3 out of 5

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