Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WILDSTORM: MICHAEL CRAY #6 by Bryan Hill - Book Review

From the publisher: The hunt for Arthur Curry continues, but Cray’s decisions and plans are beginning to push his teammates to the brink of abandoning him. And when Cray’s tumor begins to act in ways that it hasn’t before, his underwater brawl may end with Cray floating up to the surface as a dead man. 

Michael Cray #6 is more of the same from Bryan Hill, but this time he drops some hints as to a larger picture going on. In this issue, Cray's conflict with Arthur Curry (Aquaman) comes to a head. In the midst of this battle, Cray has an epiphany of sorts about his condition. And by condition, I mean the alien presence that his body is hosting. Along with the main story arc, Hill is setting up the next warped version of a DC character Cray may have to face off against. I'll not name who it is, so as to avoid spoilers, but for the first time, Hill introduces Cray's new adversary in several cut-scenes interspersed throughout the issue.

While it's been mentioned that Cray is dying and has an alien life-form living inside him, this is really the first time Hill has touched on it in more than a passing manner. Much of this issue is dialogue between Cray and the alien, and it seems to turn Cray in a new direction, one that might disrupt his relationship with IO. It also sets the stage for some big changes that may happen to Cray. My response is: finally! It seemed that the series was devolving into a "bad guy of the week" format, and this latest issue suggests the pattern may be changing.

I recommend Wildstorm: Michael Cray #6 by Bryan Hill. In fact, for the first time since issue #1, I really recommend this book. I headed into this issue thinking I might be done with the story, but with this new turn and the next potential target revealed, I might just stick around a while longer.

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

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