Review: ‘The Victories’ #6

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When one of the characters from your story comes from the dream state of a sleeping cat, you know you’re reading something wholly distinctive. Bird ladies and mutated ex-addicts and neurotic super powered shut-ins are your only hope. A plea to “Spare life for life.” The champions’ compliance to save lives at the cost of their freedom continues in the saga that is “The Victories” #6.

WRITTEN BY: Michael Avon Oeming
ART BY: Michael Avon Oeming
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: November 6, 2013

Strike, the Ravenettes, Sai and one more remain at large on the outside. Sleeper, Faustus, Lady Dragon, Hypertron, and Robocalypse are secured on the inside of the Government maneuvering Champions to be perceived publicly as plague carriers. Black Manta look-a-like security guards monitor their lab specimens. All of this maneuvering is masterfully crafted by creator Michael Avon Oeming. His chessboard is all set up. Now, readers get to enjoy the game unfold.

It’s so fascinating to see heroes doing different things to achieve the same goal in this story. As regular readers of hero books, we expect some KA-POW! BANG! action from our supermen and superwomen. But it’s Strike, the ex-junkie, deformed hero that uses non-violence and moving speeches as his weapons now.

One more thing you don’t normally see in a super team book are the intricate bonus stories at the end of the book, which are a welcome addition. It only adds to the mythology and answers questions I’m sure readers have about some of the heroes not yet given their spotlight just yet. This round, we get a good dose of Sleeper and his cat. I’ll leave it there.

There are plenty more wholly original moments in this book (I won’t spoil the ones involving cats), consciousness, darker and darker power brokers, and plans upon plans. Creator Michael Avon Oeming must have a whole lot mapped out for this world he’s created. The scope seems to get bigger and bigger with each passing chapter. I’m reminded of the big idea scope from the classic run of Grant Morrison’s JLA. Each chapter of “The Victories” seems to assemble another section of this mansion full of ideas. Once fully realized, I’m sure it will be a sight for all to see and become enveloped by.

Score: 4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady