Written by Tim Midura
on Friday, May 09 2014 and posted in Reviews
"Isn't that exactly the kind of prying into people's lives that we're fighting against?"
Launching into the new arc, “Metahuman,” The Victories #11 is released from Dark Horse Comics this week! Written and drawn by Michael Avon Oeming, with colors by Nick Filardi, this issue includes a backup by Oeming, Agnes Garbowska and Filardi. The cover by Oeming and Filardi features a flying D.D. Mau overlooking Faustus striking a mighty pose.
With both Metatron and D.D. Mau dead, Strike has gathered with the rioters and The Jackals to have a final face off with the army occupying the city. Another death of a member of The Victories might just push Faustus over the edge. Meanwhile, after turning herself over to her father, Lady Dragon is in Mexico with the elite of the world.
Michael Avon Oeming brings things to a head between the rioters and the army and he isn’t afraid of showing violence; the blood and bullets fly, but aren’t overly gratuitous. Strike’s inner monologue during the battle is chilling. The reveal of Faustus’ lineage adds a whole new level of troubles for him. I really enjoyed the traditional 2x3 panel layout of the camera footage, as well as the final splash that cleverly shows just how above it all the elite of the world actually are. Nick Filardi keeps the colors dark and toned down, except in Faustus’ memory, where the colors help it stand out against the rest of the panels.
The backup, titled “Float,” is written by Oeming, with art by Agnes Garbowska and colors by Filardi. A float dealer is running from addicts until he’s confronted by Sai to change his ways. Garbowska brings a fun, chibi-style to The Victories universe, providing a contrast to the dark approach taken by Oeming.
Handling both writing and art duties allows Oeming to produce one singular vision. He’s always pushing the story along at a lightning pace. With The Victories deserting and dying, will Faustus finally be sent off the deep end?
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