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Breakdown #2

December 4, 2004

Quick Rating: Good

Jeff Carey, the former Paragon starts his bloody path to vengeance.

Writer: Chuck Dixon
Pencils: Dave Ross
Colors: John Rauch & Jeremy Roberts
Letters: Dreamer Design
Editor: Mark Powers
Cover Art: Dave Ross & Jeremy Roberts
Publisher: Devil’s Due/Aftermath

Last issue Jeff Carey was a hero. Paragon, the super-powered protector and idol of millions. Then his wife and daughter were murdered, and Jeff was presumed dead.

This issue he starts his quest for vengeance by breaking into a prison full of murderers and criminals that he put away looking for clues – and one very specific prisoner. This issue is interesting mainly because it raises a lot of questions about Jeff’s past. The new character introduced in this issue is bound to inject a lot of questions into this title and I find I’m much more curious about Jeff himself than I was last issue.

We also, obviously, get more of a chance to see him in action, as well as a chance to see how versatile his powers really are. Last issue it looked like he could be an average, generic strongman superhero. This issue it has become clear that there’s much more to him than that, and there are hints as to where some of that power may have come from. Last issue, we’re forced to remember, wasn’t so much an origin as it was a turning point. The action beats are well-done and well-spaced, and he works in a little humor along the way.

If there are any problems with this issue, it’s that we’re still getting too much set-up. Last issue was paced very well, laying out the characters and beginning the basic situations that will define this title. This issue felt like the first half of the next issue, everything that needs to be done to bring you up to the next major plot point, then it ends just as it promises to get interesting. That bodes well for issue #3, but it makes issue #2 suffer a bit by comparison.

The artwork, by Ross and the color team of Rauch and Roberts, is pretty strong. It’s a good, old-fashioned style that still manages to have a lot of darkness to it, kind of like when Brent Anderson took over Rising Stars.

I’m enjoying this title. I’m anxious to see where it goes. But I think this is going to go down as a weak early issue.

Rating: 7/10

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