Review: Michael Avon Oeming’s ‘The Victories #4

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What do you do when your supposed saviors are made to look like the bad guys? What happens when your most powerful champion is a puppet to a shadowy cabal? You horrifically fight on and swear a lot in “The Victories” #4. This series continues to impress and raise the stakes to higher and higher levels.

WRITTEN BY: Michael Avon Oeming
ART BY: Michael Avon Oeming
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: 7 August 2013

This mature-readers series about heroes, villains, and their messy world remains compelling four issues into its latest incarnation. Michael Avon Oeming keeps all the pieces moving in an upward trajectory. Major scoundrels Tarcus and Jackal collide in a battle and unwittingly (or purposefully?) make the world even worse off than it was. That’s saying something since Jackal’s previous escapades crippled worldwide infrastructure.

The results are another curveball for the world to deal with and its champions, The Victories, have to respond to. Not only is another global disaster unfolding, but a conspiracy to make the population hate and fear them begins surface. Oeming’s storytelling skills are razor sharp here. Every moment seems vital to the story and the characters feel more and more real the more we see them. Like all good characters, these heroes have flaws.

Every page is worth taking time to take in both in terms of story and artwork. The colors by Nick Filardi give Oeming’s almost-cartoonish art depth, warmth, and weight in all the right places. The big and small moments all work together. The Victories look and, for the most part, act like heroes should. Outlaws like Jackal truly disgust readers yet are still hard to resist seeing what he will do next. When shocking moments happen in this series, they really are shocking moments.

I love this series in every way possible. I can’t recall another series in recent memory that has me chomping at the bit for the next issue. I can’t wait for the trade for this story. “The Victories” #4 is the latest and greatest until next month which I have no doubt will be amazing as well.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – YourFriendlyNeighbourhoodBrady