In Review: Threshold #6
The cover: “One Ring to CRUSH Them All!” is a great subtitle of this image by Howard Porter and Hi-Fi, showing Caul powered up to protect himself and Ember from weapons fire. This scene isn’t in this issue, but it gets the point of Caul’s power across. Overall grade: B
The stories: Both stories in this issue are by Keith Giffen. The Hunted opens with Caul trying to decide to take on Brainiac or take off. We get a two panel origin of him getting his lantern ring and it’s a gut kicker. This justifies why he’s the anti-Lantern. On Brainiac’s ship, he bad ‘droid has stabilized the Tolerance chunk he’s collected but there’s quite the bug in his vessel’s system. Pages 7 and 8 are funny and the biggest indignity done to this cursed cosmic collector. Page 11 is the moment I’ve been waiting for and 16 and 17 are amazing! Page 19 returns to two characters I’d forgotten about and don’t care for, and Page 20 serves as an introduction to the second story. I’m loving Caul’s story but all else is just superfluous to me. Star Hawkins Case File #237 “What Becomes a Legend” has got signature Giffen action and aliens, with hilarious dialogue and narration. To go into depth on this story would ruin it, but I’m ready for a spin-off series featuring this private dick after just one outing. Overall grades: Hunted B+ and Star Hawkins A+
The art: Two artists again on The Hunted: Phil Winslade on Pages 1 – 10 and Tom Raney on 11 – 20. I really like both. Winslade reminds me of Jerry Ordway’s style, though the top panels on Page 8 are wonderfully comedic. Raney’s work is a little finer, with thinner line work, plus he gets the more epic portion of the story to illustrate. Page 11 is great and 16 and 17 are amazing! Star Hawkins is penciled by Timothy Green II with inks by Joseph Silver. I like this style. Fine lines, lots of details, great aliens, and good action. Overall grades: Both A
The colors: Hi-Fi and Andrew Dalhouse do the first story, while Hi-Fi flies solo on the second. The first three pages of The Hunted look the best because of the settings. Star Hawkins has brighter coloring and looks more exotic. Overall grades: Both A
The letters: Both stories are done by Dave Sharpe, who adds CHUP and CHOOM to the DC lexicon. I really liked the voice of Brainiac’s A.I. Overall grades: Both A
The final line: Fun in space that doesn’t stop! Overall grade: A-
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comics Buyers Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He gave that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years, and only recently taught 9th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.