Review – Malefic #6

  • Writer: Dan Schaffer
  • Artist: David Miller
  • Lettering: Chris Crank
  • Published by: 1First Comics

Fresh off a complete meltdown from inmate eleven we join Doctor Freust we step into issue 6 of Malefic. Our doctor isn’t holding up well from these mental traumas, while she claims to be strong enough to withstand them, reality would say otherwise. Things pick up in the prison yard and carry on as the staff attempts to resume a regular schedule.

It’s a triple-header of insanity, Doctor Freust struggles to show her attachment to reality while treating Hollywood horrors with equally wild solutions, bringing back inmates from the dead, reviewing normalcy on an insane mind and dancing with the devil and their latest friend. While not an extended issue it certainly packs so many bits to push the story along.

Doctor Freust falls deeper into experimentation and fringe science to solve problems with the inmates, going so far as to throw some under the bus simply for data logging and observation. It’s an interesting twist of the character, someone who resisted, teased and now has jumped completely into the world her father created all while losing herself to the madness within the prison. As she corrupts under the power of inmate eleven so much of her original character starts to vanish and we get this darker figure that keeps evolving with the story.

The art in issue 6 is on par minus a highlight with one of our famous inmates who has an extremely detailed panel to herself. There are some horror highlights as well but this inmate genuinely gets treatment that stands apart from the rest of the book while retaining the format style so that it doesn’t completely detract from the experience. David Miller puts in some intense pencil work and it doesn’t go unnoticed here.

Link: Order (Digital)

Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – Avengers vs X-Men #6 (AVX)

Story: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman
Script: Jonathan Hickman
Pencils: Oliver Coipel
Inks: Mark Morales
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Jim Cheung & Justin Ponsor
Variant: Nick Bradshaw & Marte Gracia
Published by: Marvel Comics

The Phoenix Five are here, leaping into action to shape the world to be a better place not just for mutants but for humans as well, seeking to end age-old crimes and problems brought on by greed and lust for violence. The group seeks only to settle the issues of the planet and focus on a goal that pushes development and growth over suffering and struggles. For many the group comes off with a near god-like presence to deliver justice and peace with a swift hand, for politicians though the move is seen as hostile and controlling and a threat to how they go about their dirty deeds.

We’re in a position of multiple camps as a result, at this point the Avengers are doing their best to continue fighting Hydra and making the world safe as they can manage. They obviously have their say about this situation but given the lack of enslavement and the massive power gaps between them and the X-Men Phoenix Five it’s a hard situation to sell them as complete villains even though they may want to. We see internal conflicts and impartial impressions rise up from the group splitting their own commitments or energy into the effort to bring them down, the possibility of a worldwide reboot tempts even some of the most hardened of the group into questioning the result.

The real tension of the chapter comes in when the US decides to throw in a demand to control or have a check on all this power going around. With that we see the brainstorming start and a venture go into action to develop a countermeasure to the Phoenix Force that wont splinter it yet again. Surprises keep flying during the mission that will have readers shocked and waiting to see where this all goes from here. It’s about to get tense for both sides now that a new hero joins the mix.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

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Review – Prototype 2 #6 – The Labyrinth Part 2

Writer: Dan Jolley
Pencils: Victor Drujiniu
Inks: Jonas Trindade
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Letters: Michael Heisler
Cover: Victor Drujiniu, Jonas Trindade and Michael Atiyeh
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

On the move Sergeant Heller springs into action to get away from this testing complex, determined to see family again and to know freedom once more. He scrapes up the allies he can and makes a break for it with everything on the line. No mutant or enemy will stand in his way and with that energy we launch into the final book as Prototype 2 launches to retail tomorrow.

We learn a little more about Heller in Part 2 of this story, he’s a one man army when it comes to survival, his reaction speed is quick and his intensity allows him to stand up even in the worst odds, as a character he’s a warrior. As with any noble figure there’s the test in extreme cases like this, what lengths will he go to reach the outside and how far does his humanity go? As for the rest of the book, it’s short-lived and a quick whiplash moment that sweeps Heller around and leaves him unsure of what just happened.

The Labyrinth is a weaker closing story than one would anticipate for a series like this, while there is some action and development for Heller as a character, we’re left with a handful of moral compass choices and family memories. It wasn’t the high point of the 3 stories that hit, mainly because of the fast introduction and decisions made for the closure. It’s a transition leaving you to wonder the rest of the story that Prototype 2 will bring when it arrives but for those who have bought into this mini-series it might leave a bitter taste after these last issues.

Story:★★½☆☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★½☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆