Review: The Illegitimates #3
The Illegitimates strike out on their first mission as a team! Dannikor’s plan revealed! Mom’s in peril! And, WHO is the mole in the OLYMPUS organization? Spy-jinks galore as things get messy!
The children of the world’s greatest super spy are trying to finish their father’s last mission and get their moms back this month in the pages of The Illegitimates #3. The story is written by Marc Andreyko and Taran Killam with pencils by Kevin Sharpe. John Livesay handles inks with Peter Pantazis providing colors. Thom Zahler rounds things out with lettering. The Illegitimates has been enjoyable but a little rough around the edges. Does this month turn things into a sleek super spy thriller?
Jack Steele is dead and the world is in danger. His employer, OLYMPUS, has rounded up all of Steele’s illegitimate children in the hopes that they can do what their father never did- take down the villainous Dannikor. Each of the young adults have their own special skill, but they can’t quite make things work when they come together. OLYMPUS tries to train them, but this family can’t quite connect. Everyone gets thrown into the deep end as Dannikor throws his yearly ball at his base in the Ukraine, and the team has to infiltrate and get some info. This family doesn’t necessarily like each other, but can they at least work together when the stakes are raised?
Andreyko and Kilam write an issue that feels a little rushed. We quickly move from training to the first mission to the next step OLYMPUS must take at a breakneck pace. There’s not much room to breathe or be subtle. A henchman has a spike emerge from his eye and it barely even registers on the page. That could have been a big moment but it’s largely brushed over. We’re still not at a point where we care about the characters. Everyone is slightly cliché and barely rise above the depth of a brief character sketch. The action and spy parts of the book are fantastic though. Sharpe’s pencils and Livesay’s inks are the real highlight of the book. This is sleek, clean artwork, that really sells the super spy story. The action is presented on the age brilliantly and there’s some really dynamic and layered panel layouts that work well with the speed and action of things. The art really gets emotion out of our characters and really does some heavy lifting with the words on the page. Pantazis’ colors really light his cinematic presentation well. Things are bright and lively, giving the book an almost 90s vibe that really works to the book’s advantage.
Bottom Line: The Illegitimates is a fun and enjoyable story with a fantastic premise, but it needs some polishing. It seems when Jack Steele died some of the fun and excitement went with him. This is the halfway point of the series, but I think things can still turn around in the last half. 2.5/5