Another strong issue of this title, and whilst this one was much more of a straight ahead action piece than the last two, it still contained enough Humphries weirdness and great art to make it worthwhile.
The first page was interesting in it’s character reveals, as we discover that Monica Chang is a practising Muslim. She’s kind of been at the fringes of this book so far, basically being a hard-ass on Pym, but now I’m intrigued. There can’t be many Asian-American Muslims, and the story behind that should be interesting. We then see Pym and the team plan their assault on Dimitrios and The Diamond, but Victor Mancha is absent. The scene between Victor and his ‘grandpa’ was very well-written, and it got right to the heart of the conflict within this series very effectively. Victor is a robot, but his mother was human, and he was raised as a human, so what side is he on? I guess you could take this as a metaphor for a mixed-race person, and in the end Victor doesn’t come down on either side, he wants to fight for everyone.
It’s interesting that Victor made that decision much quicker than his ‘brother’, The Vision, who is still prevaricating inside The Diamond. In the end, we find out that Vision didn’t really have a choice, as Dimitrios has planned it so the other A.I.s will never want peace. The fight scene between Vision and Dimitrios was awesome, with Araujo really doing some great stuff, I loved the Iron Man-Dragon Hybrid, there’s just so much imagination in these Diamond scenes, and also with the various morphs that Vision goes through, you’ve got to love a Marvel superhero book that takes so many of it’s visual cues from Katsuhiro Otomo.
Interestingly, it’s also teased that Dimitrios has a hidden identity, and may be a familiar face. I literally have no idea who it could be, which I suppose is the best kind of mystery. Vision escapes the Diamond back into the real world, and immediately rushes off to Africa to try and save the rest of the team, because their mission is a trap (duh). The other mysterious figure in this book is Alexis, and we find out a lot more about her in this issue, she has a weird vision (no, not the character, an actual vision) of… herself? And she reminds her that she is ‘The Protector’, and she also zooms off to try and save Victor, Doombot and a bunch of SHIELD grunts from the trap, unveiling some serious firepower in the process.
The issue culminates with Victor Mancha sacrificing himself to save everyone else and getting zapped by The Diamond, and the last page shows him looking pretty dead in the hospital. Now, since he’s a robot, he’ll probably be rebuilt fairly quickly (see every Red Tornado death ever), but it was still a noble action from the character, and certainly a maturation from him compared to the first 3 issues. I’m not sure Sam Humphries really earned this really, but we shall see. Plus, this should hopefully cause some good Tumblr meltdowns.
Overall, this continues to be a great comic, with fantastic art, interesting ideas about humanity, and most importantly of all, the continued hilarity of Doombot, everything that guy says is a delight to me.
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