Pencils: Diogenes Neves
Inks: Jason Paz
Colors: Jeromy Cox
To get some practice under their belt Slade takes his team to a foreign country to take back the U.S Embassy that is being held hostage there. But he leaves them to fend for themselves as he has some skeletons in his closet to address.
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A local unit investigates a murder, the murder of Pablo Escobar. He’s an untouchable in the White Lotus, not sure what that is, but I’m sure we will find out together. MEANWHILE, Defiance has approached The Chetland United Atlantic Islands. There, they run into very angry, and very bright beings calling themselves Radiant men. The team realizes two things, first: their father gave them a dumb group name, and second: their father also completely abandoned them for this first mission.
The Witch is not Dead
Slade has his own agenda on the menu, he wants to confront Dr. Light himself. By confront I mean have coffee with?... He gives his spew about how he’s a changed man…even though it doesn’t seem like that…actions speak louder than words Slade! Anyway, he needs a favor because the Society has sent for him, and he doesn’t want to do evil anymore.
Defiance is reminiscent of Teen Titans when they first started, as in they suck at working together. Jericho finally takes the lead and delivers a pretty decent plan. Quick insert of Hmong history, and a hint of a gang war about to break lose. Despite some pretty tough opposition, with the help of an old friend Defiance is able to succeed and be the heroes. Little do they know, their help is at a high cost…literally.
Sum it Up
Okay, Okay, I like this book, the costumes are still dumb, but the story is pretty good. It’s interesting watching a bad man trying to be good. It’s a really new take on the hero world; at least for me it is. I hope Priest focuses on the group dynamic more in the next couple issues, because these kids are so different I’m excited to see how their relationship with each other grows. I can see why this book is a fan favorite.
Ariel DuPey | NCR