Monday, January 12, 2009

Single Issue Hall of Fame: The Question #14

This series really raced along up to this point. The only thing that got Vic Sage to slow down and contemplate life, was the fact that he'd been buried up to his neck by a bunch of paramilitary nut jobs. This is a fairly philosophical issue, and those can be very hit or miss - but it works quite well here. O'Neill takes it right to the edge of believability but manages to use just enough restraint to prevent it from falling into the realm of the ridiculous. That's tricky to pull off when your main storytelling devices are flashbacks and hallucinations. Ultimately, Vic is able to stir up some infighting among Col. DeBeck's men. I just loved the good Sergeant's final line as he starts to dig out Sage; "I've lost a lot of blood, but I'll do my best". It's one final act of redemption from a man who has come to learn the error of his ways. Keeping the soap opera side of things rolling, Myra announces her candidacy to be the next mayor of Hub City. A real 'be careful what you wish for' scenario. Overall a great standalone issue.

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