Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Julius Gopez
Colors by Nei Ruffino
The issue opens with the team in two separate places: Jason off on his own after he left the island at the end of the Annual, while Roy and Kori are with Roy’s therapist Dr. Hugo Strange. In no time, conflict breaks out in both scenarios, Jason getting into a fight with Bronze Tiger and his crew, while Roy and Kori try to deal with the Untitled.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel with Jason losing his memories, but this issue got me pretty interested, especially with the ending scenes. Overall it was nice to finally see Jason doing something, after a few issues of him just kind of wandering around. And Roy is such a trooper. I’m a bit new to the title, but I love Roy’s optimistic underdog characteristics. Sure, he gets whiney sometimes, but you can slowly see him starting to be written out of that, a credit to Tynion. Roy is a normal human being, with normal problems and emotions. That’s something that is forgotten in superhero comics sometimes. But I just get the feeling that Roy is about to kick some major butt soon, and I can’t wait.
Gopez’s art was kind of hit-and-miss every page. There were pages that I liked, there were panels that I really didn’t, and then there were some that were just neutral. Some of the facial expressions when a character was shouting were really strange, but the double-truck of the city of ‘Eth Alth’eban was absolutely breathtaking.
Overall, this issue was interesting. It carried the story while giving some humor and emotions along the way. And that last scene made me very curious. Will Jason meet up with Ra’s? Will there be a conversation about a certain dead grandson that Jason doesn’t remember? With Roy and Kori now split up as well, will they each have a chance to save Jason by themselves?
I guess we’ll find out.
4 out 5 nerds