Review: ‘The Victories’ #5

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Champions are plague carriers? Villains nowhere to be found but in flying cameras? Agoraphobic heroes are guilt-ridden and gone into hiding. Throw in a gigantic robot with an arm made of human bodies and “The Victories” #5 continues its wildly unpredictable tale.

WRITTEN BY: Michael Avon Oeming
ART BY: Michael Avon Oeming
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: September 4th, 2013

The Transhuman storyline comes to a close not with a bang but with surrender. Heroes have been deemed carrying a fatal disease to normal people. Quarantine camps are where the once worshipped heroes are now being cursed by the people they swore to protect. The power brokers behind the curtain are playing out their plan perfectly with almost no one knowing what is really going on. The opinion of the people sways quickly as it is wont to do. The scenes of the remaining heroes being corralled into their new pens are nice and depressing, as they should be. Heroes surrendering always feels like they’ve been neutered, doesn’t it?

D.D. Mau continues to get her screen time and it is well earned. This is one compelling character that continues to gather more and more nuances each issue. Is she one of the stronger female characters out there? I think she deserves consideration in that conversation. Her powers, her problems and her history all make her a fully developed and flawed hero to watch. Again, she does what is not expected of a hero in this issue. I would love to see some more about the other Victories but I’m sure creator Michael Avon Oeming has plans for the rest in due time.

Thankfully, this is not a talking-heads-only issue. The action comes in at a frenetic pace when the team is pursued. Drone cams are not drone cams. Arms of badass looking robot heroes are not just arms. Homeland security and… other champions are now the villains of the story. How is that for a twist? Robocalypse needs his own one-shot. Oeming again captures my attention all over again even with a few panels of this outrageously imaginative hero. This ending of the first arc reminds me of the end of The Empire Strikes Back in all the good ways. The bad guys win decisively and the heroes are left to lick their wounds. Great storytelling all around.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady