Friday, August 20, 2010

Death-Defying 'Devil TPB- A review!

Another 4-issue miniseries, Death-Defying 'Devil, much like the Black Terror arc, helps to bridge the gap between Chapters 1 & 2 of Project Superpowers. The star for this story is the Golden Age Daredevil, who might have the best "look" of any of the characters of PSP.

In Chapter 1, the 'Devil, rendered mute by his time in the Urn, reappears in Paris. There, he befriends a French counter-terrorism agent, Justine Boulet. Together, the two begin to investigate the Claw, an international terrorist organization that just so happens to share the name of one of the 'Devil's greatest villains.

The DDD mini-series continues their quest. Joined by Silver Streak and the Ghost, two heroes with their own history with the Claw, the heroes attempt to foil a plot to destroy Hong Kong. Complicating matters is the appearance of the Deadly Dreaded Dragon, a mysterious figure claiming that the 'Devil is a fraud!

The art is WONDERFUL. Edgar Salazar does a phenomenal job with this title, so much so that I'm tempted to say he's the best artist associated with Project Superpowers thus far.

As for the story, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, it's action packed, and sets up a good deal of mystery later down the line. On the other hand, the story falls into the same trap that most of the Meet the Bad Guys miniseries did; the story has two antagonists, and neither are dealt with in a decisive fashion. The whole thing just screams "Stay Tuned!".

While I really, really like this, it's not nearly as stand-alone as Black Terror or Masquerade. If you're already reading P:SP, it's a great book; if not, then don't start here.

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