Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WILDSTORM: MICHAEL CRAY #7 by Bryan Hill - Book Review

From the publisher: The organization he works for doesn’t trust him. The thing in his brain wants to transform him. Sanity is leaving him. Michael Cray is losing everything. The only hope Michael has to reclaim his mind and his life may come from his next target: a brilliant scientist in London who’s equal parts Nikola Tesla, Hannibal Lecter and Aleister Crowley…Dr. John Constantine! A man obsessed with death, the occult and the darkest powers of the universe, Constantine could hold the power to free Michael of the consciousness inside him—but the price is steep! Michael Cray doesn’t believe in magic, but he’s about to discover how much magic believes in him.

In Michael Cray #7, Bryan Hitch starts to move the story in different direction. The previous few issues have focused on Cray fighting and killing various evil, distorted versions of DC heroes as part of his job for IO. This issue starts the same, as he is tasked with tracking down John Constantine. However, Constantine doesn’t seem nearly as demented as the others Cray has killed, aside from his use of magick and the sacrifices that it sometimes requires. In fact, Constantine is creating a clean, renewable energy source using his magick, and is working for an as-yet-unidentified person/group. Cray has a run-in with Constantine’s companion, Dion Fortune, that leads him to question just what is going on in his head and whether Constantine just might be able to help him with his alien problem.

I had begun to question whether or not I wanted to keep reading Michael Cray, due to its repetitive nature and the fact that the story didn’t seem to be going anywhere. Additionally, I’m under the impression that this is a 12 issue series, so things needed to get moving soon. With issue #7, Hitch changes the usual status, or at least seems to be changing it. Unlike the others, Constantine seems to know about Cray’s condition and even offers his help. Cray, who seems desperate to rid himself of the alien presence, appears to actually be considering Constantine’s offer. This could be a turning point for both Michael Cray the character and Michael Cray the series, and I’m convinced and interested enough to see what happens.

I recommend Michael Cray #7 by Bryan Hitch. Aside from being for current fans of the series, this issue could also work as a jumping on point for new readers. If you like your heroes morally ambiguous with a dash of sci-fi, check out Michael Cray.

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

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