Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Writers: Steve Orlando and Jody Houser
Art: Mirka Andolfo, Colors: Arif Priato, Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99

The Test:

Caitlin Snow AKA Killer Frost has done it, she found a way to leave the Suicide Squad behind her, life still intact, but Amanda Waller wants to make sure she remembers that she is still a Killer. Caitlin is hungry, she hasn't fed in days and if she doesn't feed she loses her powers and can die. Waller, not wanting to lose one of her play things tests Caitlin's ability to fight the hunger and not kill, so she throws her in an impossible situation: she rooms her with a pyro kinetic by the name of Heatwave. This is an opportune time for Caitlin to feed, and she wouldn't even need to kill her, but Caitlin keeps fighting because she doesn't want Waller to win the game.

Facing the Wall

Later that evening there is a commotion outside of the cells, with no guards in sight, a group breaks into Frosts and Heatwave's cell. Caitlin thinking Waller sent them in here to go after her, to continue the game of seeing if she will kill to feed off of their life force. Fortunately for Caitlin they were there
to take out Heatwave because she snitched, and you know the line, snitches get stitches, all Caitlin has to do is stay out of it, not feed and she wins. The hero in Caitlin rises up in her and she saves Heatwave without feeding off of anyone's life force or killing anyone, but doing so causes her to go down. Days later we see Caitlin and Waller where Waller continues to remind Caitlin that she is a killer and once a killer always a killer. This is the point where Batman steps in and tells Waller to let Caitlin go, take the bomb out of her head so she can join his new Justice League. The book ends with us finding out Caitlin's secret, she has learned that she can take a little life force from different people to feed her powers without actually killing anyone, that she is ready to prove that she can be a hero.

The Confessional

I have read all four of these one-shots that lead into the new Justice League of America ongoing series and each one is amazing. This issue in particular shows the evolution of the character Killer Frost from killer to hero, which we don't see in any of the others. Which is why, I believe, this one is the best of all four and makes the anticipation of the new JLA book that much stronger. The art was amazing, except for the one panel showing Killer Croc which was the worst I have ever seen that character portrayed and is keeping this book from being a salvation worth book.

High Holy: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Carl Hamlin | NCR

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