Sunday, February 10, 2013

Human Bomb #2-3 Review!

Human Bomb #2 (Mar. 2013) Human Bomb #3 (Apr. 2013)

The adventure in this series began immediately and has escalated with every issue. Jerry Ordway shows no signs of slowing down in his artistic ability; this is some of his best work. And in addition to the new Miss America (introduced in issue #1), issue #3 features a new Neon! This Neon somewhat resembles the reinvented one from the previous Freedom Fighters series, a purely glowing man with teleportation powers.

Uncle Sam and Joan help Michael master his powers. From Human Bomb #2. Art by Jerry Ordway.

The second issue opens with Michael Taylor taking refuge in a restaurant, the workplace of Beth, a waitress for whom he has affections. More Plastics (the aliens' robots) come after him but he makes quick work of them. Afterwards he is found by Uncle Sam whose powers command Michael to sleep. While under, he dreams of a cell where he witnessed strange experiments performed by men in black suits.

Upon waking, he finds he's been fitted with a special suit to regulate his abilities, and Samuel informs him that he possesses a metagene, which is what allowed him to be altered and survive after creating multiple explosions. S.H.A.D.E. agent Joan is a telepath (among other things) and she discovers that Michael had been used by C.R.O.W.N.—created by the aliens—during his duty in Iraq. They performed genetic experiments then brainwashed soldiers. Now Michael can weaponize other objects and generate pure explosive force.

The aliens of C.R.O.W.N. create human bombs. From Human Bomb #2. Art by Jerry Ordway.

When Michael learns that they intend to go after C.R.O.W.N., he joins forces with the S.H.A.D.E  even without their asking. They know that these aliens came to Earth in the 1950s in a ship that infected Iowa fairgoers like parasites. Now those people are roaming the world hoping to call for another "seed" ship. When Michael and Joan invade the alien installment, they discover hundreds more victims laying comatose. (Human Bomb #2)

When the S.H.A.D.E. forces are overwhelmed by alien troops, Joan is forced to take over Michael's mind in order to use his powers efficiently. She creates a chained explosion that travels between touching objects. As they begin to retreat, he implores her to try to save the lives of the comatose people. After a word with Uncle Sam, another S.H.A.D.E. agent, Neon, appears to teleports them and one alien to safety.

Neon lights up. From Human Bomb #3. Art by Jerry Ordway.

Their next target is a town that's been completely infected. There they find a signal has been sent to summon more aliens, and an alien queen laying eggs. As the townspeople begin detonating themselves, Joan and Michael are teleported into space, to the aliens' ship in orbit of Jupiter!  (Human Bomb #3)


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