Review: ‘The Victories’ #1

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With a world gone dark, would you keep doing the same thing? Would heroes keep defending the helpless? Would villains continue robbing banks when water and food are more valuable? Life on Earth is redefined for everyone in this HBO-esque superhero series The Victories #1.

WRITTEN BY: Michael Avon Oeming
ART BY: Michael Avon Oeming
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: 1 May 2013

There are no lights, no internet, and no global communications so the world created by Michael Avon Oeming is dark and lonely. One hero called The Strike, has fallen to deforming injuries and has to re-evaluate his place in this new world. His journey is more introspective than the other Victories who are still trying to keep the peace. The Strike’s journey looks like it will bring him back into focus down the line. The main part of the action focuses on a battle with one villain who still thinks currency holds value so Bacchus pulls the clichéd bank heist scheme. Another plot line shows an escaped villain plots may intertwine with our myriad heroes in the near future.

Readers are treated to a showcase of the Victories: Sai, Faustus, Lady Dragon, Sleeper, Metatron, and the focal point character D.D. Mau. Oeming’s distinct visual style and heavy use of black really gives this world its own tone. Having not read the mini-series before this, I felt completely immersed and up to speed on who, what, where, when, why, and how. This is always a hard task to accomplish but Oeming pulls it off nicely here.

During the battle, we are shown how D.D. Mau thinks, where she comes from and how she sees herself. It’s a fascinating origin and power set for a character I’ve read in some time. An adrenaline / fame junkie upped to the super-human level is a refreshing take on why someone would become a superhero. The transitions from one area to another of the city, histories between teammates, and motivations are executed masterfully. All this screamed a mature-series cable TV approach if and when this soon-to-be-hit series starts getting interest from Hollywood. You read it here first, folks. “The Victories #1” shows us how no one is perfect, even our revered heroes.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady