Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WILDSTORM: MICHAEL CRAY #5 by Bryan Hill - Book Review

From the publisher: As Michael Cray continues to learn about the powers given to him by his tumor, he uses them to go after Trelane’s next target: a genetic scientist that’s splicing himself with the DNA of aquatic predators: Arthur Curry. But when Cray dives into the depths to defeat this sea monster, will his powers give him the advantage or grow out of his control?

Michael Cray #5 by Bryan Hill continues the story of Cray's missions to execute warped versions of DC heroes. Previously, Cray and his team have been tasked with eliminating Oliver Queen/Green Arrow and Barry Allen/The Flash. This time, he is tracking down Arthur Curry, better known as Aquaman.

The issue synopsis isn't really accurate, as this issue focuses mostly on Arthur Curry's background (how he became Aquaman), and the little New Zealand fishing village that he lives in. The rest of the story involves Cray going to the island to investigate Curry. There isn't really anything about Cray's mysterious powers or the alien DNA/tumor he has.

At first, I was a little put off by the twisted DC heroes, thinking this must be more of a different point of view thing. The heroes couldn't really be that bad, it was all IO and Cray's view of them. But Arthur Curry puts this theory to rest. Curry is a psychopath and a deranged individual, and Cray's mission to kill him seems legit. In fact, I'm starting to like Cray more and more as a hero; however, I'm still not sold on IO as the "good guys" and I wonder what their endgame is. Warren Ellis's The Wild Storm series casts them in a different light. What the Michael Cray series is doing well, though, it providing a different perspective on this group.

Michael Cray #5 is an interesting issue, and Bryan Hill is taking his time revealing any larger mysteries as the series progresses. I would recommend it to fans of The Wild Storm imprint and anyone looking for a twisted take on DC's traditional heroes.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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