There comes a point in a great series when there’s not much else to say about it, aside from how awesome it is. That’s the case here, as the fantastic Gail Simone / Jim Calafiore series continues on its psychotic path. With the deranged heroes now meeting up with the team sent in to stop them, it’s up to the Crimson Shadow and his sidekick, Mina, to put an end to it. Anyone reading this book knows that any good intentions don’t seem to go well, and that’s absolutely the case as not only does the mission for the planned rescue of Mister Valiant go a bit awry, but so does the exploratory mission of Ethan and Rainwater. The two of them, on a quest of their own, really end up with more than they bargained for, and it really takes the series to another level with its insanity.
Speaking of insanity, I worry about Gail Simone. She’s brilliant, funny, and much, much darker than her adorable persona will have you believe. Combine this series with her Vertigo title, Clean Room, and you have a recipe that shows that the woman who got her start writing comics based on The Simpsons has a very scary side that is best served with heavy doses of her near flawless pacing. Gail Simone scares me, and – especially with this series – I love her for it.
Jim Calafiore, who I also have my concerns about, is also knocking it out of the park. This is a book with some totally unique characters, a toxic but beautiful environment, and some incredible framing, all of which show how good Calafiore is not only as an artist, but as a storyteller. The characters are king with this series, but there are enough here that really make this a book worth reading and worth talking about.
I’m very sad to see this book go, but I’m looking very forward to the conclusion of Issue #6. If it’s like anything that Simone and Calafiore have unleashed so far, it’s going to be a very exciting ride. Also, if anyone knows where I can get the Magic: The Gathering-inspired cards that are on the last page of this issue, please let me know. They’re probably the coolest thing to ever not actually exist.