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The 99 #3

December 21, 2007

The 99 #3 (Teshkeel Comics)
By Naif Al-Mutawa, Fabian Nicieza, John McCrea, Jason Dennis & Ron Wagner

Here’s why I’m loving The 99 in a nutshell: although the book is rooted in Arab mythology and represents an attempt to push comic books forward, the way writers Naif Al-Mutawa and Fabian Nicieza have chosen to do this is by looking back at the way old-school comics were written. At its heart, The 99 is an old-fashioned superhero adventure, and it makes no secret of that fact. This issue, another Noor Stone holder is tracked down to an Underground Fight Ring, where she’s fighting her way up to the championship. Only one of the heroes we’ve uncovered so far can face “Shadow Cloak,” a.k.a. Mumita the Destroyer… but will he be able to do so withuot being destroyed himself? This is such a pure, simple superhero tale, and the morality lesson we get in the fighting ring reminds me of the sort of thing we would have enjoyed from Stan Lee in his prime. This really is a fun comic, and just the thing for people who feel like superheroes ain’t what they used to be.
Rating: 8/10

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