January 2, 2014 - From where we started
Magnum Force wins.
On the attack
So the comic finally figured out it had a villain - and needed to go on the attack against him. And it did it in the most revelling Quantum & Woody way it could. Through snappy banter and things blowing up.
Really - way too many one-liners in the comic to not ignore. Mel Gison's line for twenty million. The snappy multiple comments about rubber bullets. Hating when he's wrong. And so on.
But all of the story was built on becoming heroes - and what that entailed. Including - especially - Taylor's murder last issue. The comic again confronted loss and problems by putting them front and center - and then going back to the discussion around them. That's another part of this that could be made into a blueprint for writers. The two characters had strong, round discussions - and true 'love' for one another - and not in the couple sense. But I could also feel the groundwork for the comic separating the two - and Woody becoming the madness that he had within him. What might drive him mad - or to madness? Nearly anything here. Great book.
The fountain of youth?
This carrying over from issue to issue has now come to its own little revelation. And it's the fountain of youth. Of course.
What else could an old man like Silvermane really want, anyway? What really makes very little sense to me is that the men could have really had any sense of any idea what the tablet could have been about before getting someone to translate it. And that is where the comic really fell apart - rather badly.
I liked the idea of the pursuit of something - but putting it into the hands of a person who really was just about the only guy who could take advantage. Okay - the Vulture could have, as well. But... It just tried a LITTLE too hard to get all the way to this story for my tastes. Not the revelation I had been hoping for,