[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artists: Ronan Cliquet & Hi-Fi
Covers: Brad Walker, Jason Wright, Drew Hennessy & Brandon Peterson
Jessica and Simon try to figure out an escape from Volthoom’s prison.
What a difference one issue can make in the comic book world. After last issue’s “not so impressive” story, it was great to be able to get back to Jessica and Simon. Jessica was absolutely brilliant in this issue. Between chopping down an oversized alien bug, and creating a gigantic cat to get rid of some man sized birds, which by the way, was fantastic, Jessica definitely saved the day, and made this issue so much fun to read.
Jessica is such a great character, but in a lot of ways, her ring should be a supporting character in this issue. The quips between Jessica and her ring were great, providing some great information to not only Jessica, but to the reader as well. Something I never thought I’d say, but the symbiosis between Jessica and her ring flows perfectly, and adds some great friendship to the story.
Speaking of friendship, Jessica’s relationship with Simon is really sweet. They’ve come a long way since the beginning of this series when Simon couldn’t stand partnering with Jessica, but fast forward 27 issues, and these two are the best partners in the DCU. Always having each other’s back, protecting one another, and feeling safer when the other’s around.
The side story of Hive and Brill was very interesting, and reminded me of one of my favorite sci-fi series’, Star Trek. Specifically The Borg and how a drone must feel when separated from the hive. Perhaps not the most imaginative idea for a character, but because of it’s premise, it wasn’t bad either.
The art once again was great in this issue, showcasing beautiful colors as well as vibrant action panels and facial expressions. The page with Jessica and Simon re-uniting was fantastic. The one page showcased beautifully the friendship between the two. Without even reading a word bubble, you can just see the love and respect these two have for one other.
No real negatives in this issue.
A great story of friendship and fun, with a continuation of the story arc that is really compelling and leaves you wanting so much more.