And now we fly completely off the rails. . .
So it's come to this. . .Deathblow becomes a guest in his own book again. This time, Backlash takes the spotlight as Deathblow and Dane (who is completely out of character as established in last issue) try to warn him about the assassin targeting Team 7 members.
It's basically a comic cliche "I must fight my friends because they're now my enemies. . .oops. . .not really?" battle for most of the issue.
At least the art is pretty nice. Unfortunately, they can't seem to keep a steady artist on at this point. Not a good sign.
This issue becomes pretty crowded as Image throws Grifter, Backlash, Dane, and Gen 13 into the mix. There's barely any room left for Deathblow in his own book at this point.
God, it's bad. So bad. This title has become an excuse for more popular characters to appear on another comic cover. It's gone off the rails and is in free fall.
The art is okay in this one. Once again we've got another (two) here today gone tomorrow artists. At least they know how to draw the teen T&A better than some of the others. . .as once again, the dark and gritty Deathblow becomes a showcase for spandex booty.
Thank God this arc is finally over.
It's all hands on deck for pretty much one long battle ending in a bullet to the head for Team 7's nemesis, Craven.
It's crap is what it is.
Deathblow is now in superhero crossover hell. Brightly colored panels (one with Deathblow shooting a machine gun has a lovely light purple background. Deathblow? Purple? PURPLE?) filled with spandex-clad superheroes bouncing and flying, shooting this and that from their hands.
Who the hell thought this was a good idea? 4 more issues of this?
I need a friggin' Tylenol.
I have no idea what this crap is about. It's obviously some sort of big crossover called "Fire From Heaven". Looks like it has something to do with an Image Thanos ripoff wanting something, something, reasons. . .
The plot is lost in crossover translation. The art is brightly-colored superhero crap with pink and purple backgrounds. . .in DEATHBLOW! The title character is in 3 or 4 pages total.
I don't even want to read the next issue. This series has gone so far off the rails, that the rails are but a distant memory. Each panel of this issue is like a stab to my eye.
The bright colors assault my sanity. The plot dares me to make sense of it. I hear laughter as I stare dumbly at the page, then force myself to turn to the next. I don't want to turn the page. I don't want to see more of this. I realize with horror that I am the one laughing. It's not funny. Why do I laugh? Why do I continue to read? Is THIS the joke?
God help me. I must finish this.
Finally! The sweet release of death!
Deathblow dies for some reason. I shed a tear for the mercy the writers have shown him. The poor shell of what he once was, stumbling through a series that is no longer his, though it bears his name.
I wipe my eye and envy his departure, for I still have one more issue to read before I too can leave this abomination behind. Slowly. . .I reach for it.
And so Deathblow is laid to rest. Both the character and the series. If only the end had come sooner for both. As I stare at Deathblow's tombstone on the last page, I think only of the wasted potential of this fictional life now at an end.
Thank God it's over. R.I.P Deathblow.
And there you have it. Probably the hardest 7 issues of a comic book I've forced myself to read yet. I can't help but wonder why I stuck with it back in "Tha Day". Was I hoping it would become better? These days, I would have quit around issue 17. . .if I would even keep up with it THAT long.
Thinking about it, I would say that (Like Winter Soldier), the end of the series was NOT the actual end of it. This series REALLY ended on issue #14. After that, it became a crossover vehicle that didn't resemble the earlier issues at all.
For the love of all that is holy. If you decide to read this series for yourself. . .stop reading at issue #14. After that, it goes off the rails and it goes down quick. It's really like reading two different series.
I would definitely suggest Deathblow to anyone interested in a moody military/supernatural title. But like I said, ONLY the first 14 issues. The back half of this run I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
Coming next. I need something short and sweet to try and rinse the bad taste of the back half of Deathblow from my mind. . .Dark Horse Aliens 2009 4 issue mini. Be there or be square!
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