Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Writer: Gail Simone

Artists: Walter Geovani, Quinton Winter

An Evil Baby and a Super Fan 

As Chloe listens to the evil baby talk about building a bridge of human bodies, she can’t help but freak out a little bit. Chloe drops to her knees and asks the baby why, why did it kill the guard? The child’s answer? Because the cow goes moo. Talk about your text book sociopath. Then in a disturbing panel of evilness intertwined with chubby cheeks the little girl tells Chloe how horrible it must have been to have her fiancé shoot himself then lose the baby she was carrying. Dante’s inferno might need a tenth circle for this amount of wickedness. Suddenly the dead guard rises and goes after Chloe mocking her husband, Phillip. This is the last straw and Astrid instructs those listening to “light that baby up like the fourth of July,” The demon child is stunned by waves and waves of electricity. Astrid tries to comfort the probably traumatized Chloe. After having a moment to calm down and wash themselves of the horror they just witnessed, Chloe and Astrid are tasked with another maniac.

Some crazy guy dressed as Astrid has gotten past security and is wanting Astrid’s attention. Before Astrid can brush aside another deluded fan she is informed of the man’s revelation. He knows about the child and he knows how to kill it. With the baby’s closing slumber soon, Astrid can’t risk not being there so she sends Chloe to evaluate the man. Astrid sits at the side of her brother at Sick Bay Mueller Institute. Instantly upset he tell her that Derica, his daughter is normal. Which I feel we can all attest the opposite too. Astrid tells her brother that she is anything but normal and she needs to find a way to kill the child. Peter doesn’t take this news too well.

While interviewing the man, he begins to tell them his story. Using the clean room Chloe and Killian can enter the man’s mind and see what he sees. What he sees isn’t pretty. They appear in front of a bloody tied up girl in some sort of basement. She is surrounded by wigs and looks mortified. Killian begs Chloe to get them out of there. Chloe refuses saying that this man knows about the child so they have to follow through. The mind version of the man claims that he could never have the real Astrid but he could make a knock off, and that is what he intended to do with this poor trapped girl. Chloe not being able to take much more, punches the guy in the face. The man finally tells them that he had a vision of the baby and how to kill it. (Side not, apparently they baby came to be because Peter joined a cult where they let aliens have sex with them). I’ll take a hard no on joining. Before the crazed fan can reveal what he knows he takes a hold of the clean room for himself and traps the girls in there as he leaves. Panicked they turn around to find the mind version psychopath fan pointing a gun at them.

The Confessional

This is just fantastic! Only having jumped on last issue I feel like I have a pretty good handle on what is going on. Gail is an amazing writer who can weave a a story of destruction and triumph that easily grabs the reader in. The art is really good. There were a couple pages of this baby’s vision of a human bridge and it’s not pretty. I always thought the most graphic thing I read was Walking Dead, well I might have to take that back. Astrid and Chloe both have strong personalities and you can’t help but root for them and want to know where their paths are going to lead. Clean Room issues are on my back reading list, but the more I read recent issues to more I just want to dive in to the old.

Holy: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩

Ariel DuPey | Nerd Church Radio 

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