Sunday, July 21, 2013

Review: Justice League of America's Vibe #6


            This issue starts off with Vibe's handler Director Gunn of A.R.G.U.S., arguing with his husband about Vibe being "Tubed" (last issue).   When their discussion is interrupted by Vibe's brother Dante, kicking a soccer ball through their window.  Dante then very casually blackmails Gunn into helping him rescue Vibe. 

            Gunn sneaks Dante into A.R.G.U.S. HQ, using some techno-chameleon armor (no idea) making Dante look like a dog-soldier from Kammandi.  Gunn tells the soldiers that he captured a "Breacher", and not to worry he'll take him to be "Tubed".  (proper procedure I'm sure)  Gunn and Dante enter the containment room "The Circus", where they set off the alarm system.  They free Vibe, and Gunn runs off to protect his rep.  The brothers have a nice reunion when KRAK!  one of the guards shoots Dante through the chest, and the character seems to die.

            Vibe not being to happy at his and his brothers treatment, decides to open up a bunch of tubes, setting the contained "Breachers" on the guards.  Vibe and Gypsy try to make their escape as Vibe starts shaking uncontrollably.  His energy builds and he releases it, tearing a hole in the dimensional walls.  Through the breach we see a character called Rupture, who is described as a hound that seeks to end those who stand for freedom.  Amanda Waller says that Rupture is here for Darkseid's daughter, but Gypsy says he is there for her. (???)  The issue ends with Rupture recognising Vibe.  Rupture takes off his mask, and he is revealed to be Vibe's long dead brother Armando.

            This was an alright issue, but not as good as previous.  We get a lot of action, and twists, but the story just didn't seem to come together for me.   First off why does every young character anymore seem to be a techno guru?  Harper Row from Batman, NightWing's new roommate, and now out of nowhere, Vibe's brother.  Who hacked the personal data bases of A.R.G.U.S. employees, and then says how he hacked the Justice League database.  Then blackmails Gunn by stating he'll email all the information he collected around the web if he doesn't help get Vibe out.  Surprisingly, it works.  I don't care if Gunn feels guilty over what happened to Vibe I call bullshit.  Some young punk breaks your window, and then threatens you.  Being the big bad ex CIA agent, who was booted out for insubordination, I think not.  Later in the issue when Vibe lets a bunch of breachers out, I got really afraid that the series will become a 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo, where eventually Vibe is going to have to recapture the ones that got away.  But we'll wait and see.  Even with all the bitching, the issue was still fun.  I just have a hard time seeing where this timeline fits in with JLA and the Trinity War going on.  I was hoping to be able to say that this is the best title in the New 52 that no one is reading.  But maybe I'll have to wait until next month because this issue just wasn't where the previous ones seemed to be. 


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