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"Hehe. You Said Tits." The Victories #8

Written by Tim Midura on Friday, January 03 2014 and posted in Reviews

The elite show their hand and The Jackal Corp show up to kick ass.



Reaching the mid-point of the second main arc, Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories #8 is released this week from Dark Horse Comics. His mature take on superheroes continues with The Victories’ grand escape from the superhero prison. The cover by Oeming and Nick Filardi is a headshot of Metatron with a bright red X through it, bookending issue #7 well.
 
After D.D. Mau’s selfless sacrifice against Metatron, The Victories find themselves breaking out of their prison, while the police let loose on protesters of the jailing of superheroes. Lady Dragon narrates as she delves deeper into the mythos of how superheroes came to be. While all the superheroes are escaping, the California elite ready their final stage of world domination, which leaves Faustus and a couple of The Mark’s pupils in danger, until we see the reemergence of one of my favorite characters, the man who’s known to literally rip off a man’s head and shit down his throat, The Jackal.
 
In crafting this dark, mature superhero tale, Michael Avon Oeming relies on real, gritty dialogue; it isn’t always happy, but it’s always straightforward. Faustus is frustrated with The Mark’s pupils and shouts, “I just saw my best friends die-bits of them are all over me right now!” Building off the back-up in the last issue, Oeming uses the bottom-up approach to world building, having Lady Dragon explain how “Visitors” came to earth and created the Nephilim.
 
Excelling on art duty as well, Oeming keeps it practical and grounded, which is a welcome change in superhero comics. The only ridiculousness comes from the creature at the end of the issue, who is so hilariously grotesque, but still fits in - a testament to Oeming’s talent. Nick Filardi’s colors keep with the darker tone, with even the lighter colors restrained.
 
The back-up, Metatron, by Oeming, Mike Hawthorne, and Filardi, pulls the curtain back as to who is really pulling the strings of the superheroes. Developing from real world mysteries involving one of my favorite NASA engineers, Jack Parsons and his occult ties, Metatron shows a darker side to the US space program. Hawthorne’s art is a bit more detailed than Oeming’s, and his splash of a DNA helix blending into Metatron’s head is gorgeous.
 
I can’t recommend this series enough; since the day my brother shoved the first three issues into my hands, there’s not many comics I eagerly anticipate such as this. Being so young, but well-developed, yet still easy to jump into, makes The Victories one of my favorite ongoing books.
 





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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.


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