Review: The Illegitimates #6
The climax of the Illegitimates first adventure is here! As the team faces evil on two fronts, not to mention the heart-breaking betrayal at the hands of a loved one, can this team of newbies save the world and their mothers? Or will they be faced with making a devastating choice that will end them before they get a chance to begin? All this, and a zombie horde? What are you waiting for?!
The Illegitimates comes to an end of sorts this week with the release of issue #6. The story is written by Marc Andreyko and Taran Killam with pencils from Kevin Sharpe. Diana Greenhalgh handles inks with Peter Pantazis providing colors. Thom Zahler rounds things out with lettering. The Illegitimates has been a bumpy ride, but is it smooth sailing at the end?
The team of illegitimates have rescued their mothers from the space station prison only to find out there is a traitor in their midst. Dannikor’s plan to use his latest invention to mind control the world’s leaders is entering its final stages as well. The team is divided and fighting a war on two fronts, in space and on the ground. With traitors and suspected traitors causing internal friction, can this group of misfits pull it together to stop the evil Dannikor and his surprising ally in time?
Andreyko and Killam craft a fast-paced and action-packed finale. There are a lot of fights and some surprising twists and turns, but it rings hollow due to the previous issues failing to really flesh out the characters and explain our villain’s motivations. It all just happens a little too fast with no real time to linger on the bigger ideas that are presented. The art is good at least. Sharpe’s pencils and Greenhalgh’s inks make some sharp art with an 80s flair that serves the story well. Things get a little more violent this time, but the action and pacing harken back to the brilliant first issue and the death of the world’s greatest super spy. Pantazis’ colors are bright and bold, which match the art perfectly.
Bottom Line: The Illegitimates had a fantastic start, but it stumbled along the way. A sharp and fast-paced story kept things moving a little too fast for us to really get a feel for the characters and the big bad, but it was a fun ride at least. There may be more Illegitimates after this, but I for one will be leaving this baby in a basket on someone else’s doorstep. 2/5
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