Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Crime Syndicate #5 Review

Johnny B. Quick

Written By: Andy Schmidt
Art By: Kieran McKeown, Dexter Vines, Steve Oliff, Rob Leigh, Bryan Hitch, Alex Sinclair
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 6, 2021

Let's head on back to Earth-3 and continue our tour of this messed up world and the creation of the Crime Syndicate but not only that, the formation of the Legion of Justice as well. With this being the penultimate issue to the series I really hope that we can amp things up in a clever way that makes all of this feel like its leading to something big because while I'll always take a Crime Syndicate story, this introduction to this newly made Earth-3's team of horrible villains just hasn't piqued my interest as much as I hoped it would and I find myself comparing this team to what we had before and while there have been some moments along the way, when I look at what we've been given here I feel like they've been made a little less. Maybe though, it's only because I haven't seen this world fully explored yet and I hope by the end that I can call this Crime Syndicate, my Crime Syndicate. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

For this issue, we really start seeing the Crime Syndicate come together now that they know the Legion of Justice is a threat to them and the weird part is...... Even though this is the "Johnny Quick issue" it feels like the character has less to do in this than any previous issue...... not including his backup origin story, which too felt less than anyone we've gotten previously. That's not too bad in my mind though because out of all the Crime Syndicate characters we've gotten, it was Johnny Quick that I liked the least and him not being front and center didn't hurt this book....... with what keeps him out of the spotlight actually felt like it raised the stakes of what we were playing within these characters.  

Beyond Johnny Quick though, we have an all-out brawl here between our two factions, while getting to see some of the hero characters of this world, which I appreciated and on the flip side, we got to see how ruthless and aggressive our title characters are in forming their own group and shutting down anyone who tries to stop them. Yeah, this is a fast-moving issue that is essentially two fights but overall it's fun and the cliffhanger leaves me salivating for the final issue of this Earth-3 reimagining.

All in all, the art remains strong on this issue besides for one moment when we see the "Owlbots", little nanobots start taking over the Legion of Justice's satellite ....... I had no idea what was going on here and only later figured it out when Owlman told me. Beyond that, I enjoyed what I saw here and the story was fun in its conflict elements where we got to see both the heroes of this book and the villains have their own separate attacks on each other, which showed us how well they both act as a team, not to mention how far they'd go for what they believe in. The Johnny Quick stuff was a bit of a letdown overall, especially the origin backup but like I've said previously, this redesign and addition to the team has been my least favorite so overall I don't feel like I'm missing much.

Bits and Pieces:

It's the Legion of Justice Vs. Johnny Quick and Atomica..... then it's the Crime Syndicate Vs. The Legion of Justice. Two fights for the price of one that show us more and more about both factions feuding on Earth-3 and while I would have liked to have seen more for this being the penultimate issue to the series, I had fun and thought the art was great throughout.  


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