Saturday, March 05, 2005


Last issue: young Michael was on a sentient space station watching his mother, a godlike heroine, head off to a fatal confrontation that saved the earth... a confrontation that Rene, a young civilian, survives but her sister does not. Eight years later, Rene is an resentful but dedicated EMT, determined to save lives without recourse to superheroes and superpowers -- in fact, she's rather of a mind that she has to save people from those who would be their heroes.

This issue: We're now fully in the same time and we've got a bit of role reversal. Michael, now eighteen and having come into his powers, is torn between his mentor's admonitions to accept the responsibilities commensurate with his abilities and the awareness that he's being expected to defend (and possibly die) for a people he has no first-hand knowledge of or commonality with. Michael expresses his desires as a function of being a normal eighteen-year-old, but the emphasis is really more on being human than on being eighteen.

Meanwhile, Rene's dissembling before her shrink comes to a close with his exhortation that she take a couple of days off. Which she does -- back to the site where her sister died and her father was lost. And, once there, demonstrates some very, very inhuman traits. Superhuman, in fact. Rene's got a whole lot of secrets (only some of which she is herself aware of) and the ability to fly may just be the first one.

The two paths collide as Michael and Rene come face-to-face on the last page.

So far, I'm still interested -- the notion of consequences reinforced by the memorial for the victims of the confrontation that took Rene's sister, Michael's plaint that he can't make a compact to sacrifice himself for a principle without seeing it applied, and especially his insistence that he cannot fix everything is all very appealing. There are teases and hints of many more plot twists forthcoming, so I'll stay tuned for the next issue.


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