Friday, June 7, 2013
Atari Force Month: Issue #6 Review
Gerry Conway took his time lining up the narrative dominoes that begin to fall here. The cast is comfortable by now, and just familiar enough with each other to function as a team. There's finally a direct confrontation with the villain (who also names himself at last), and everyone on Atari Force plays a role in it, with the arguable exception of Babe. He's the least important team member this issue, but when he is on panel, he's used well. He adds a slight touch of comic relief to a couple of the tensest moments: splashing Pakrat right before Dart has a terrible premonition, and then later peeking in at Dart and Pakrat as they prepare for battle. The latter of those two is an especially strong detail from José Luis García-López, showing how thoughtful he is as an artist with every inch of space.
She's just a fabulous protagonist for this story. Not exactly untouchable in the way some superheroes are, but so skilled and level-headed that she comes out of everything unscathed anyway. She has a great sense of humor, even about the most dismal stuff, and a depth of love to give in spite of her profession. Dart has her flaws and her broken bits, and is even pretty honest about them with herself. But she's one of the most self-assured members of Atari Force as well as the most intelligent and, without question, my favorite. If it wasn't before, that fact is surely solidified here.