Review: Captain Midnight #3
He may have been unbeatable in the ’40s, but has Captain Midnight met his match in the modern era? When a recon mission goes horribly wrong, Captain Midnight finds himself pitted against an old foe, dozens of violent Wraiths, and . . . bloodthirsty polar bears?! He’s the man who always has a plan, but it’s going to take a helluva lot of resourcefulness to get out of this mess alive!
Captain Midnight squares off against Fury Shark this week in Captain Midnight #3. The story is written by Joshua Williamson with art by Fernando Dagnino. EGO provides colors with Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT handling lettering.
Captain Midnight was captured by Fury Shark last month and Charlotte was thrown into a pit with a group of hungry polar bears. It looked like our hero had finally met his match and gotten into one situation his big brain couldn’t get him out of. Fury Shark reveals that her plan isn’t to just kill Captain Midnight, she wants him to watch everything he had worked so hard for crumble around him. Albright Industries’ technology is being used in ways the Captain never intended. The world has moved on without him and there’s not much place for the WWII hero. Miss Fury has already won in that regard. While the Captain tries to save himself and Charlotte, the two agents are investigating what happened on the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan that allowed Captain Midnight to escape in the first place. What Agent Jones learns is tied in directly with Captain Midnight’s disappearance all those years ago. Who is behind the events surrounding Captain Midnight’s disappearance and return? How will the secrets from the past drastically effect the present?
Williamson writes a solid issue. It wraps up the first section of the story while setting up a lot of things that we’ll explore in subsequent issues. This is an action-packed issue with a lot of twists and turns. Some of the big revelations that get revealed along the way answer a lot of questions while leaving us with a few more. Dagnino’s art is great. The line work is very crisp and clean. The character works is handled well and really shows the gambit of emotions the various characters go through. The action and fight scenes, both human/human and human/polar bear, really pop off of the page. EGO’s colors are bright and vibrant but don’t overshadow the art.
Bottom Line: Captain Midnight is a fun book with a familiar premise. We have a hero out of time trying to adapt and do some good in the present. A lot of exciting things are set up for future stories and it will be interesting to see where Williamson takes Captain Midnight next. 4/5