It's Tuesday, and I am scraping the bottom of my new comic pile. Two final reviews for the week on tap tonight, with the first one being the forth issue of the, thus far, pretty good Battle Scars mini-series.
Battle Scars #4(of 6):
Summary: We get started with the old man we've had glimpses of in the past dying. The doctors manage to resuscitate him, at which time he hops out of bed and begins demanding Sgt. Johnson's blood... And so the plot thickens... From there we head to Johnson, who is trying to fight off the Serpent Squad. He lasts all of 15 seconds before they have him down and defeated... You know, I'll hit on this in the “Thoughts” section, but I REALLY liked this scene... Anyway, before the Serpents can kill/capture Johnson and collect the bounty on his head, Deadpool comes into the room guns blazing since he still wasn't sure if Johnson was a bad guy or not. Seeing a chance to get some information, Johnson drags Taskmaster(who was taken down last issue) into a back room and demands some answers. After some coercing, Taskmaster drops the name Orion. Before Johnson can learn more, somebody wearing the Scorpio costume enters the room, knocks Taskmaster out and warns Johnson to leave the country and start a new life for his own good. Scorpio then puts Johnson's lights out and disappears. By now, SHIELD has arrived on the scene, which causes the Serpents and Deadpool to scatter. Johnson is dragged to safety by his friend, Cheese. Later on, Cheese tells Johnson to drop his investigation and go to SHIELD or the Avengers since things were obviously spinning out of control. Realizing Cheese was right about how dangerous everything had become, Johnson knocks Cheese out and leaves him behind for his own good. While Johnson is driving away from the motel, we see that Scorpio was spying on him, and seeing Johnson leave, Scorpio heads to his hidden base... Where he is sneak attacked by Johnson, who obviously knew Scorpio was watching him. With that, Johnson beats the hell out of Scorpio and demands answers, pulling off Scorpio's mask to reveal Nick Fury(!!!). This issue ends with Nick telling Johnson that he(Johnson) was a Fury(!?!)!
Thoughts: This was a VERY good read. Before I go too much further, let me address that scene I mentioned earlier, Johnson vs the Serpents... As I was reading this comic, and Johnson was battling the Serpent Society, I have to admit, I was ready to get a bit pissed... You see, the Serpents have been a team for a long time now, and while they're always defeated by the likes of Captain America, they ARE a team and ARE super-powered. They SHOULD have easily dispatched Johnson, and they did, so kudos to Chris Yost, Cullen Bunn and Matt Fraction for writing that scene perfectly. The Deadpool/Serpent battle was awesome, and some of Deadpool's lines were laugh out loud funny. For that I'll give the props to Yost since he scripted this issue. And the reveal/cliffhanger at the end? Awesome stuff. I can't wait to hear the explanation as to how Johnson is a Fury... The next two issues should be great.
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.
Deadpool's dialogue here is SO Marvel vs Capcom 3!