What Is It About?
The Image Universe is under attack by all of its villains under the leadership of the Omega Spawn. Image’s newest character, Fortress, has seen the conclusion of this epic battle in his own visions, but has no understanding of how to stop Omega Spawn and his army.
This book is late – yes. I know. Now that we’ve got that obvious statement out of the way, let’s look at the actual comic book and not its shipping schedule.
The overall story continues to get pushed in this issue as Shaft can’t accept the apocalyptic visions that Fortress is explaining to him and feels that there is something that can be done to stop Omega Spawn from defeating all of the Image Universe heroes and ruling the world. As the issue moves forward those hopes seem to be dashed as heroes fall one by one and Omega Spawn makes his presence known on the battle field.
Believe me, there’s nothing I would like to say more than that this issue was incredible and well worth the wait, but I can’t. This issue deals with the beginnings of this huge battle and there are not a lot of character moments – it’s a huge battle. For me, as a long time Image fan, this is a decent issue, but not one I’m yelling from the rooftops about. I think it’s a part of a larger story that needs to be told to really decide if I like the story or not. It’s hard to say “this is where it gets real” because its not. It’s just that middle part where the characters need to have their battle to move the story forward.
The art in this issue is what I was more curious about than anything going in to this issue. I wanted to be blown away like I have been in the previous two issues of the series, but I can’t say that I was. McFarlane worked his butt off inking this issue and I can completely understand his complaints about so many characters in this book, but I don’t know if it’s the inking that disappointed me, or just the fact the whole book looked weaker than the last two issues. Believe me, the art is not bad, it’s just not at that level I thought it was going to be due to the time delays.
I can’t say that this issue was worth the wait, because its not. What I will say is that in the overall story, this issue did its job and provided fans with a big battle with heroes battling villains that they would not normally be battling. I think when we read the whole miniseries this issue won’t bother me as much as it has in its single issue format, and I’m okay with that.