Written by Tim Midura
on Wednesday, August 27 2014 and posted in Reviews
Karic digs his way to salvation!
The legend continues in The Mice Templar #13: Defiance, from Image Comics. Written by Bryan J.L. Glass, with art and colors by Victor Santos and Serena Guerra, respectively, the main cover by Michael Avon Oeming features Karic towering over a mole goblin. The variant cover by Santos and Chandra Free is a blue-heavy shot of the mole goblin army.
The Mice Templar #13: Defiance reveals the outcome of the mole goblin army during the Battle to Restore Avalon. After, we catch up with the war at home, dealing with Naespal and Mornae’s loneliness. Then, the frustration felt by the rats takes center stage, as they try to repel the guerilla tactics of the mice.
Bryan J.L. Glass’ mole goblin dialogue in broken English is childlike, highlighting their simple nature and the disdain portrayed by Damaask towards them, shows precisely what he thinks of them, even though they both fought to defend Karic.
Having the panels of the guerilla battle side-by-side with the mice going over the plans, is a great sense of collaboration between Glass and Victor Santos. Scaling down the grandiose style of the battles from the last issue, Santos uses tighter framing to get intimate moments. His best panel of the issue is clearly the two rats as pincushions with an arrow square in a rat’s throat. Letterer James H. Glass gets to have some fun with sound effects like UNHIDES, during the mole goblin ambush, and what might be an Outkast reference, HEYAAAH.
The Mice Templar #13: Defiance progresses towards the inevitable end, and with only one issue left before its hiatus until next year, the last page reveal shows Glass and Santos still have tricks up their sleeves!
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