DAY OF VENGEANCE #4
And so while half of you go to IMDB to figure out who I'm talking about and the other half work to erase that mental soundtrack, on with the show.
Bill Willingham has created a fun team that works well together despite a total lack of teamwork and is fully capable of appreciating just how lame their moniker is. Imagine Buffy's crew if all of them were superpowered and Giles was a chimpanzee. Bound together by a mix of desperation and recklessness, the Shadowpact does all right to at least force a draw with the seemingly unstoppable combination of the Spectre and Eclipso while dealing with various obstacles -- including their magical router, the Enchantress, reverting to her evil ways. Blue Devil's handling of that was fantastic.
Showing a foresight that should be applauded, Willingham has centered this series around the aforementioned chimp. The exposition goes on a bit too long, pulling the reader out of the scene much as the similar backstory cramming Barbara Gordon did in this week's Birds of Prey, but it's kind of hard to argue that there can be too much Detective Chimp when the others seem to do much better as supporting players.
This issue featured the recruiting of the newest member of the 'Pact, Black Alice (speaking of BoP), who had the most inappropriate moment of the issue. Dressed so that her thong straps, bra straps, and midriff were in plain sight and with pants so low she needed a waxing, Alice displays no trace of irony in mocking Nightshade's attire as whorelike, despite Nightshade being fairly modestly dressed by female superhero standards. That scene did amuse, however, with Alice's father wondering precisely what his daughter did after school that she was being wooed.
I feel bad for still waiting for the other shoe to drop, but this has been one of the more entertaining of the Crisis II prequel miniseries.