Hickman and Dragotta’s insane sci-fi western continues with it’s most action heavy and probably best issue yet. Pretty much all of this issue was Death’s assault on New Shanghai and it was FUCKING AWESOME times 100. He and his two companions were carving a swathe through their enemies, it was seriously bad-ass.
But this wasn’t just violence for violence’s sake, we find out some interesting things about the characters. Not only about Mao and the back story there, but we see the special abilities of Death’s companions. The woman can change into a flock of birds, and the man into a pack of wolves, which is pretty damn cool. I make fun of Hickman’s portentous writing style on superhero books, but for a series with a decidedly apocalyptic bent like this one, it works a lot better. Plus, here, he actually can destroy the world, no matter how much creative freedom he has at Marvel, he can’t end that Universe.
Nick Dragotta’s art is once again absolutely breathtaking, this is the best work of his career, it’s just iconic. The best parts of this issue came towards the end, the first was the 3 other Horsemen of the apocalypse talking to the Colonel Sanders looking dude, and then, the actions of Death’s wife. She crushes her sister’s head with her robot hands (and man, was that hardcore) and then she decapitates her father. Death is now married to the leader of the House Of Mao, this is some serious stuff. I’m becoming increasingly fascinated by Mai Lin, what kind of woman falls in love with Death? What kind of woman can make him kneel? She could be the biggest player here, not her pale rider of a husband.