Story: Marguerite Bennett & James IV
The Many Arms of Death Part 3: If I Had a Heart
The story so far… The search for the Monster Men virus has lead to , an island nation inhabited by mercenaries and gangs. Kate Kane, the , shares a complicated history with the island and its inhabitants.
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The book opens with a flashback in Nigeria. A young , the future assassin known as Knife, is a street urchin who kills just to eat. We see her being rescued from the dangerous alleyways by none other than , who is former lover and leader of . Currently, is nowhere to be found, and has been after , attempting to stop her investigation into the Monster Men virus as Knife, the deadly assassin.
As Kate Kane, visits the Kali Corporation, who bought all the properties on . wants to purchase the Desert Rose – the bar used to own when she ran and was Kate’s lover. The Kali Corporation, which is really a front for the terrorist group The Many Arms of Death, is run by a pair of creepy twins. These twins share a father and have different mothers but were born at the same time only thousands of miles apart. They are known as Elder and Younger and they share a disturbing weird incest vibe – a vibe not lost on Kate or her teammate Julia Pennyworth, who is hacking the Kali Corporation while Kate keeps them preoccupied.
Knife has been watching the exchange between Elder, Younger, and Kate. She leaps from the ceiling and chops out the transmitter Kate secretly planted under the table. Kate quickly changes into and fights Knife as Elder and Younger flee. Julia was able to retrieve enough information to realize the Kali Corporation has the entire island rigged with enough explosives to blow it sky high. finds the explosives but is ambushed by Knife, who in turn is ambushed by former crew who are now working with to uncover the mystery behind absence and the dangerous Many Arms of Death!
Sum it up!
Once again, delivers on a story that is deeply wrapped in mystery, romance, and adventure. Steve art is quite possibly one of the most beautiful out of all the DC books right now. Marguerite Bennett & James IV are a dream team, having been nominated for and having won (respectively) the GLAAD Media Award, which is an accolade given by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community to recognize and honor various branches of the media for their outstanding representation of LGBT characters and issues that affect their lives. goes way beyond the topic of her sexuality, and this book gives Kate the chance to shine, weaving all the complicated issues of her past together to give us the heroine we all deserve.
Noah O'Toole | NCR