Review: The Owl #3
While the Owl struggles to find his place in the modern world, the new Owl Girl betrays every code of morality in her fight against criminals. Will the time-lost hero guide her to see the light? Or will Jasper solve the Owl Girl problem with more permanence… in the form of an assassin?
The penultimate issue of The Owl swoops into comic book shops today. The Owl #3 is written by J.T. Krul with art by Heubert Khan Michael. Vinicius Andrade provides colors with Marshall Dillon handling letters. With The Owl hitting the home stretch, is this one a sprint or a slow limp to the finish line?
The Owl is still struggling to find his place in the world. The only things he has in this messed up, modern world he has found himself in is his suit. The love of his life is dead, but her granddaughter is now masquerading as the new Owl Girl. Her means are a little more violent and vicious than Owl and Owl Girl’s were in the old days, and the Owl wants to try and reign her in. With a turf war on the horizon between the two biggest gang leaders, one tries to enlist the aid of Owl Girl. Selling himself as the lesser of two evils, Antony tries to convince Owl Girl that he’s a simple businessman whereas Jasper is a lunatic who is out for blood. With the offer on the table, Owl Girl leaves to think it over. That’s when the Owl swoops in to talk to her and try to convince her she’s going down a dangerous path. It turns out he almost found himself in a similar predicament. The two don’t get much time to chitchat. An assassin has been given a contract on Owl Girl and he plans to collect. Is this the end for the Owl and his female counterpart? Will the turf war erupt before Owl Girl can put an end to it?
Krull writes the most action-packed issue yet. With only one story left, it’s kicked into high gear as we race toward the conclusion. There are still a lot of questions to be answered, but we’re starting to see the outline of what’s going on. The Owl has become less of a butt-kicking hero and more of a mentor. It’s the emotional journey Owl is going through and how he’s trying to find his place in the world as he tries to save Owl Girl that really drives the story. Micahel’s art is great. He is able to handle the more emotional moments and the action scenes with equal skill. He does a fantastic job of portraying one of The Owl’s special abilities yet again and makes it really pop. That’s aided in no small part thanks to Andrade’s colors. He gives everything a very neon, electric buzz. The character and costume work is bright and vibrant.
Bottom Line: The Owl has been set up for a pulse-pounding conclusion. Things were moving a little slow, but with the penultimate issue things got moving and moving quickly. The Owl finally got its much needed kick. We’ll have to see how Krull answers the remaining questions, but he delivers with this issue. 4/5