Sunday, May 23, 2010

Magog #9 - DC

Keith Giffen is giving us the history of Magog very slowly. All we've really been able to put together so far is that Magog is from some other extra-dimensional race called the 33. Or maybe that's just what they call themselves. Or maybe the 33 are like the ruling elite . . I'm not sure. Anyways, they're from a place called Albion, and are sort of akin to the New Gods. So far every one of them that Magog has met is female . . and some sort of relative. Apparently they're trying to rebuild Albion, and want to use the Earth to do it. So they're sowing seeds of chaos throughout the world. They're trying to create seed of opportunity . . places where they can swoop in, restore order and thereby expand their control and power. Until they've gobbled up the whole world. In Magog's latest trip to Lesser Oceania, he finds out that their new leader, the former leader's wife, Lady Gauleiter . . is actually one of Magog's 'Aunts'. She the one that fills in some of the pieces for Magog. At least as far as their ambitions and goals. He still doesn't understand who these people are and why he has no recollection of them. Anyways, it isn't long before Axel calls for his help. He's in Kansas trying to figure out the mystery of the internet, when he stumbles upon a hidden military base, and then has to fight for his life as the Shield becomes controlled by another. Magog shows up and shuts things down. It turns out that the Shield was being posessed by something called Killer App . . an Ethernet life-form. But for more information, they're going to have to wait to hear from 'Colonel Tomorrow. Planeteer Command 01 Alpha.' Which won't happen until next issue. As with all of Keith Giffen's stories, he's feeding us bite-sized pieces here. We're gradually getting more and more answers, but . . we're also getting more and more questions. I love it. It keeps the story intriguing and the character interesting. I'm also glad that Tom Derenick is doing the pencils now. While I miss Howard's work, I think Tom brings a much grittier, harder feel to the book. Which fits perfectly with this character. I'm still not completely 'sold' on Magog, as a character, but . . I do find the book, and the stories entertaining.

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