Monday, January 26, 2015

Mortal Kombat X #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Shawn Kittelsen
Art By: Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini
Digital Price: $0.99
Release Date: January 18, 2015

Get Over Here......... and Check Out Scorpion!

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In the last issue of Mortal Kombat X, we saw that Scorpion isn't exactly Mr. Miyagi when he took it upon himself to start training Kenshi's son Takeda to fight.  No, instead of chores that would eventually teach him the principals of defending himself, he simply had another young student beat the shit out of him.......... and it looked like this went on for years.  Eventually, the ass kicking would stop as we saw that an ancient evil that came to the Earth realm took over Takeda's sparring partner: Fox, which meant the boy had to cut his face off and then murder all the trained assassins in the Shirai Ryu temple........ you know thinning out the herd of Earth's champions and all.  So let's see what that means for Scorpion and Takeda, who had a knife to his throat at the end of the issue.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with the possessed Fox telling us that he poisoned Scorpion with a psychedelic, so that he could kill off the rest of the clan without interruption and also to make Scorpion relive the moment where Sub-Zero murdered his clan and family.  I'm sure there's a grand plan here, but his reasons for doing this is to reawaken the vengeance inside of Scorpion that he had tamed years ago and to bring the demon out............ which thinking back to the games with the fire breathing and all doesn't sound like such a good idea.

Even though Scorpion realizes that he's not actually reliving the past and that the ancient evil is manipulating his mind, he still goes full out flaming skull and unleashes his vengeance on the possessed faceless Fox.  It seems that the evil in Fox can take a hit though because he begins reforming and suggests that Raiden led to this slaughter because he never told Scorpion about the power of the dagger he had him keep safe.  Apparently, it's connected to Quan Chi in some way, but we never get the details because Takeda comes up from behind and cuts Fox in half......... hot dog ways.

In the end we see Scorpion and Takeda making their way to go find Raiden and man is he not going to have a good day when Scorpion gets a hold of him but as of right then, it doesn't seem like he's having a good day anyway.  After using a blood spell with yet another dagger, Raiden sees into the future and realizes that stopping the evil will be harder than he had hoped because whatever it plans on doing, it's already begun.

That's it for this issue of Mortal Kombat X and even though I find it hard to get into digital titles because of their shorter length, this was a really good chapter to the story.  We had some background on Scorpion in case people aren't familiar and it really feels like the beginning of our story.  I hope we continue getting more background on characters and what role they might play for the upcoming game, but what I really could use is a time frame because I really would like to know where we're at in terms of last game and going into the new game.  It's a minor pet peeve, but it shouldn't upset people too much.  Like it's been with every other issue, the artwork is amazing and it really makes me wish that Dexter Soy was on a bigger title because after seeing his work here week to week, I want to see what else he can do with characters from the New 52.

Bits and Pieces:

I'm really interested to see where this story goes because as of right now, each issue keeps getting better and better.  We actually feel like we have a beginning to our story here and it was nice to see a little background of characters that not everyone might be familiar with.  I also can't wait to see what other characters will be brought in because I just really want to see Dexter Soy draw them.......... His work coupled with Veronica Gandini's colors is amazing.


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