5 Skull Review: ‘The Victories’ #7

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There’s liberation, there’s fighting, and there’s sacrifice. When one character does all that and more in one issue, you know you’re reading something memorable. With the “The Victories” #7 the series comes to a crescendo which will have a devastating effect for readers.

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

Things have looked bleak for our heroes as the “Advisors” have orchestrated their internment except for a few. The cavalry comes in the form of Sai and D.D. Mau, our breakout female character in this series. As always, she’s got choice words for her opponents like “Give up now, and I won’t break off your dicks.” Her dialogue is as sharp and jarring as a stab from a rusty blade. Her guilt, fear, doubts and self-loathing all take a back seat to her saving everyone’s asses from their unjust imprisonment. Her sassy mouth is just as snappy with her compatriots. Highlights today include:

“Sai! I’ve never been so happy to see a white guy before!”
“Be in awe now! Thank me later!”
“All my friends are here…and you’re all naked! You dirty bitches!”

The fact that I’m impressed by the dialogue alone should speak volumes of how well-crafted this issue is. Michael Avon Oeming’s artwork blows up into several big and beautiful double-spread pages. All the action is showcased beautifully with a grand dose of bombast. Suffice to say with SPOILERS, there’s a lot going on here to bring the climax to a big finish. Sacrifices are made in split
seconds without hesitation is all I’ll say.

The back-up story about Pendragon is a nice touch to give some of the others in the lineup some well-deserved ‘screen time’ too. Oeming is crafting something really great here. The layers upon layers continue to give this world more depth and make it feel so much older than it is.

This team book continues to flaunt how to have stories and characters do things that matter. There are consequences that propel the story into somewhere new and unpredictable. And they didn’t need several mini-series and tie-in books to get the job done. Others should take note of that achievement. Team book fans should continue with “The Victories” as they get it done convincingly month in and month out.

5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady