Sunday, April 25, 2010

the Shield #8 - DC

I've been saying throughout this series that I think Eric Trautmann is doing a great job with the stories here. And this issue serves as yet another example of that. At the end of last issue we see that Lt Higgins is being sent out on a mission with . . the Brain Emperor. Remember, he's that guy with the snaky locks that we saw in the cave in Biayla when Shield and Magog went in to save all of those lost soldiers. Well . . apparently he's been re-purposed over to our side of the fence. They're going after the Black Seven, and the Brain Emperor has seen the inside of their operations. Apparently Grodd had a control implant in his brain, which the Shield inadvertantly destroyed. But the Shield Command has fixed it and slaved it into the systems in the Shield's suit. The Black Seven is ex-AIM, and ex-HIVE who have banded together to manufacture and sell extreme weapons of mass-destruction. Plus it appears that they have their hands in some genetics things too. Anyways, they've got a lead on one of the scientists, Viktor Burgos, and they want Shield to go retrieve him . . in Paris. The problem is . . the message they intercepted was and arrest order from French Intelligence. So, Shield and his team have to get to him before they do. Once on the ground, they've got about 30 minutes to pull off the operation. Most of it goes pretty smoothly, until they get to Burgos' lab. There he's got his own enforcer that they need to take down. It isn't much of a fight, but it does waste time. When they're finished Shield doesn't have enough time to properly interrogate Borges to get his information on the Seven. So . . he sets the Brain Emperor loose on him. The story ends with his snaky locks digging into Burgos' brain. Not a pretty sight. Although the art was tremendous. Cliff Richards does the art for this story, and I thought he did a great job. I also found the back-up story about the Fox, by Brandon Jerwa and Michael Avon Oeming kind of interesting. Overall I thought it was a decent issue, very intelligent, with a nice cover by Sami Basri. I don't know how long this series will last, but . . it's a nice distraction from the traditional 'super-hero' fare.

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