For my part I'm still not a fan of the sexy, scantily clad assassin Jersey. Although she plays an important part here, her childlike nature combined with her flaunting her body and sexuality at every available moment simply isn't for me. As usual, the Yuans deliver A-grade action throughout and manage to hit important plot points even while their characters are having the nuts and bolts kicked out of them. The black-and-white art combined with the fact that its mostly cyborgs fighting this time around makes this a fairly tame issue in the series, but without pulling punches on the action.
I'm sorry, Elvis, you may have done all of the hard work this issue, but Billy Dee got all of the best lines this time around. The mercenary's quips against his ED-209-like walking tank opponent, the Hadrian, kept me laughing throughout. The entire scene is made all the more humorous by the fact the Hadrian speaks solely in bar codes that readers don't understand, so we only get Billy's rather limited comebacks. That's not to say Elvis doesn't get some sweet lines, too, such as, “Quit hittin' it there. It hasn't got any balls, you idiot!” but he's pretty much playing off of Billy's antics.
Although Billy Dee wins the funny award, Luisa and Victor still have my favorite characters prize. We've seen bits and pieces of Luisa's life thus far, and Issue #4's flashback hit me particularly hard. This is that sad scene I mentioned above, and it's an emotional gutpunch. It is a necessary one to understanding why Luisa and Victor are the way they are and what their lives were like before Billy Dee and Elvis came in and screwed them up even further.
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PS: Don't let the cover fool you. There is no puppetry this time around, the corpse kind or otherwise.
Five Lingua Francas of A-- Kickin' out of Five