The cover: A classic split cover highlighting the exploits of two members of this exclusive team. Locus is going to battle Green Lantern, and let’s hope it goes better for the emerald ring wielder than it has previously. Recently reborn with the abilities of the Flash, Teri has got her twin brother Terry in a head lock and looks about to do to him what he did to her. There is no interior credit given for this image, which is too bad, because it’s good. I love the classic covers like this. Rather than take a guess, I’ll leave the artist unknown, however I will hazard that Hi-Fi colored this, since Locus has got that highly detailed coloring on her that I’ve seen this group do since this villain first appeared. Overall grade: A
The story: Both stories are written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis. The first ten pages are “Breakout!” which follows the League’s attempt with Ariel to leave Cadmusworld. The first few pages are a slick battle of logic between Ariel and Coeval. It harkens back to Captain Kirk battling artificial intelligences. The highlight of this tale is, as shown on the cover, Locus battling miniature Green Lantern. His final dialogue on Page 10 is echoed in the hearts of all fans. The second story is “Need For Speed!” showing what Teri was doing while the League was trying to escape. The cover shows where things are heading, but I don’t think readers will be prepared for what happens on Page 14 after what Teri was arguing with Ariel earlier. Terry’s dialogue in the first panel on Page 17 adds another level to his sinister nature. The joy on 18 will be felt by every fan. This issue doesn’t contain the final battle that fans were prepared for, but it’s still lots of fun. Overall grade: A
The art: Each story has its own artist. Howard Porter does “Breakout!” and I’m happy to report it’s his usual top notch job. If watching Coeval go Sark from Tron on the opening pages doesn’t wow you, the imagery that begins on Page 4 will, and the battle is epic. Green Lantern, and his construct, look amazing. And the character’s exit on 10 is practically poetic. “Need For Speed!” is penciled by Chris Batista and inked by LeBeau Underwood. I was instantly saddened that Porter wasn’t illustrating the entire issue, but Batista and Underwood won me over with the newfound speed that Teri has. I believe she is the fastest woman alive. Pages 14 and 15 show she is not a woman to be trifled with. The unbridled joy they portray on 18 is wonderful. The villain on 19 looked awesome, even in silhouette, and the smile in the second panel on 20 perfection. This pair made me glad they closed out this issue. Overall grade: A
The colors: The talented collective known as Hi-Fi continue to do exceptional work on this book. Look at Page 1. Look at all the different shades put into Batman, into all elements of Ariel, the vivid blue background, and the faded coloring used for the computer projection. As far as I’m concerned, they’ve more than earned their keep with this one image. But the excellence continues: Coeval’s many blues, the greens of the Lantern, the energy blazing off of Teri, and the exquisite sound effects on 19 and 20. How could one not look forward to seeing Hi-Fi’s work on this title? Overall grade: A+
The letters: Taylor Esposito also does the entire issue. He creates scene settings, dialogue, titles and credits, sound effects, and a plea not to stop reading. Again I must draw attention to certain words being in italics and a thicker font to make the emphasis of characters’ dialogue stronger. Thank you, Mr. Esposito. Overall grade: A+
The final line: Action, drama, fun, and heroics in the future. I’m in love. Overall grade: A
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.