Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Roge Antonio, Geraldo Borges, Allan Passalaqua and Marilyn Patrizio
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 17, 2016
We are almost there guys...the end of Eternal is in sight. I know that I've been a bit of a Negative Nancy at times during this season, but it's been a long ride and sometimes I get a bit cranky. Once we get to Wally World, everything will be alright. I mean, it's definitely open, right? Sure it is, which is good because I wouldn't want to force John Candy to let us ride the Whipper Snapper. That would be messed up. Messed up indeed. Since we don't have to worry about that, I'm going to let you take the wheel of the Family Truckster while I review this week's issue. Here goes...
This week's issue opens where we left off...St. Hadrian's is under attack by it's own students being controlled by Mother's signal. We see Miss Gold and Paris Pantoja holed up in the Gym, Tim, Dr. Netz and Helena heading to shut down the signal and Dick Grayson and Jason Todd fighting to stop Harper Row from killing Cassandra.
It's an okay start even if Miss Gold seemed a little too excited that Paris would have to kill her friends and Tim Seeley changes Harper's reason for attacking Cassandra a bit from last issue. You will not hear me complain too much about the later because it makes a lot more sense than what we were told at the end of last issue.
We jump back and forth between the groups and for first half of the issue we don't get much new information. There is some good action with Harper continuing to go nuts on Cassandra and (everyone else around her), Dick finding and fighting Poppy and Helena and Orphan battling it out in a scene that could have been lifted right from Die Hard.
This goes on until Cassandra, Harper and Jason are taken out a bit conveniently and we see that all of this was a plan to get Helena and Dick alone with Orphan and Poppy. Really? I'd like to think that it was more of a "thinking on your feet" type of plan, but it really seems like Seeley is saying this was the plan all along and it really is a 1 + 2 = Z type of situation. Just on the surface, it seems like a whole lot of extra work to get what Mother wants.
We already were told by Tim what Mother was after (the Somnus Satellite) and after probing Helena and Dick's mind with "The Eye", she has the codes to activate it. That's when Tim finally is able to shut off the signal and while that's great, Orphan and Poppy got away and took Harper and Cassandra with them.
As the issue ends, we are given a huge reveal of why Spyral has a giant mind controlling satellite and it's very personal and already feels like a way for a certain character to hit the upcoming Rebirth with a huge reset button. I was so torn about this because I like what it can (should?) end up doing, but it felt forced and pretty unrealistic how it would be allowed. Then the book ends and we get an awesome cliffhanger that has me so pumped up for next week's issue and rights a huge wrong of this series. I can't wait.
As you can probably tell, I am a little more positive this week, but I didn't mention my biggest complaint yet. The dialogue in this issue was pretty horrible. There were parts that I had to reread and still just shook my head and moved on. Dr. Netz was the worst offender, but Jason Todd had a few awful lines as well. So, with that and a couple of forced moments, this issue was far from perfect, but better than it has been lately.
The art was a mixed bag as well. The action scenes flowed well, but some of the character models were off. Miss Gold seemed to de-age throughout the issue and Dick Grayson looked odd in a bunch of panels.
Bits and Pieces:
While this issue is far from perfect, I liked it more than what we've been getting lately. The issue is filled with good action and while the dialogue was pretty bad and certain things felt forced, they still moved the overall story forward and for that I will overlook a lot. The art was also a mixed bag, but the cliffhanger has me excited for next week which leaves me kind of in the middle with this issue overall. Hence my score.