Thursday, July 9, 2009

R.E.B.E.L.S. #6

This book just doesn't fit in with the rest of the DCU. I mean that in a good way! We have players and factions who haven't been a factor since DC's Invasion showing up and playing important parts here. As a fan of that era, I'm thrilled.

Tony Bedard has set up a huge conflict with the new barbarian Starro and his invading army. This issue shows the initial conflict as Starro quickly takes over the Dominion homeworld using the normal face-hugging Starros. It is a neat battle sequence that shows how effective the combination of Starro-types are going to be. The Dominion does send out a warning to the rest of the cosmos, and we get to see the reactions from the space-faring races of the DCU. The Khund, the Citadel, the Gil'Dishpan, Kanjar Ro, the Durlans, and more all react in appropriate ways as they take in the new threat and the new vacuum of power with the fall of the Dominion.

As expected, Vril Dox succeeds in turning the Khund warrior Amon Hakk over to his side, and he adds the Durlan spy Ciji to his group too After retaking control of his LEGION robots, Dox seals off this corner of the galaxy, "setting the board" for his conflict with Starro. Dox declares he's going to need more help to take on the Star Conqueror, and it looks like it is going to be pretty fun. No Omega Men this issue, but lots of great galactic facts keep the transitions moving along nicely.

The art by Claude St. Aubin is nice and detailed. He has quickly mastered drawing the myriad of space-races factoring in to this conflict. I'm excited about this series since it feels more like 90s DC than anything else in their line.


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