As the world changes, I.O. is in desperate need of eliminating anyone that stands in their way of domination.
Meanwhile, Skywatch moves forward in their plans to eliminate their competitors and anyone else that is I.O. or not. What Skywatch doesn’t realize is they picked the wrong fight against two of the dangerous beings on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo!
I think this was a very smooth issue that focused on the iconic power couple in the only way that Ellis could write them since he originally created them decades ago. This reinterpretation of Midnighter and Apollo are just as well written if not more better handled than their original incarnations given the tighter narrative of this series. Ellis focuses a lot on choreographing the large scale fights that Midnighter and Apollo stave off while making effortless action in preserving all the different details that occur around the fight. Action aside, the stakes feel insanely high due to the various forces at play that are gearing up for a planetary war that goes beyond the capitalistic landscape as both I.O and Skywatch are starting to take the kid gloves off as they escalate in their desperate need to win by any means necessary. Yet amongst all of these details, it’s easy to keep up with the series of events that it makes it an enjoyable read from start to finish.
Jon Davis-Hunts artwork has been consistent throughout this series, but his sequential in this issue is quite possibly his best by far! There are some great splash pages and sequential where no dialogue is present, and yet it’s enough for the art to get the message across. Hunt is able to amplify Ellis’s new introduction of Midnighter and Apollo with ease, showing that they are men of action, not words. I think one of my favorite pages is most definitely the page where Davis-Hunt draws Midnighter smashing through the panels in a way that is just satisfying to read from panel to panel.
This is a very criminally underrated series that is coming out of DC comics and it definitely should get more mention than it receives. I definitely recommend mend it to anyone who is an Ellis fan and to anyone who enjoys both the superhero genre and to those who enjoy content that is not the norm within the superhero genre. It really is a great series and I highly recommend adding this to your pull list for new comic book Wednesday.