Review: Rogue Trooper #4
In the aftermath of the brutal battle for Strongpoint Charlie, Rogue Trooper must fight for his life with an opponent he can’t possibly use lethal force against. It’s brother vs. brother as the non-stop action continues!
Blue continues his search for answers this month in the pages of Rogue Trooper #4. The story is written by Brian Ruckley with art by Alberto Ponticelli. Stephen Downer handles colors with Tom B. Long rounding out the cast with lettering. Rogue Trooper has been a pulse-pounding, sci-fi war story so far, but is the fourth outing just as great?
After saving Strongpoint Charlie and the ragtag group of Southers who held it, Rogue found himself surrounded by a special squad of Souther military police who wanted to bring him in for questioning and judgment for going rogue. Regardless of what happened to Rogue and his genetically engineered brethren, the Southers see big blue as nothing more than a deserter. Rogue doesn’t want to kill, he just wants answers. That’s why this Southern military police squad of crack shots puts him in a rather troubling predicament. It’s kill or be killed, but Rogue is used to not playing by the rules now. Can he escape the military police? Will they bring him in or are they following a different set of orders?
Ruckley writes a fast-paced and layered issue. Once again there’s hard-hitting sci-fi, some action movie level fighting, and some real emotion. Rogue is just a genetically altered infantryman who is searching for answers. He’ll do what he has to do to get them, but he doesn’t necessarily like it. The military police squad have been built up for a while, so it feels like they get dealt with rather quickly with the way things end this issue. Ponticelli’s art really shines this month. Rogue is beaten down and backed into a corner, and Ponticelli is able to show Rogue as an injured, yet very dangerous, animal. The actions and explosions are handled well and the wide panel layout gives it a cinematic quality. Downer’s colors give Nu-Earth a futuristic and very gritty appearance that works really well with the main character being a rather bright blue by comparison. That contrast gives the book a really unique feel.
Bottom Line: Rogue Trooper is one of those books you can’t help but love. It’s an enjoyable read month in and month out with a nice mix of sci-fi storytelling in a war story wrapper. 4/5
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