Wednesday, July 11, 2018

MICHAEL CRAY #9 by Bryan Hill - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Michael learns the truth about John Constantine’s plans to provide the world free energy, and his sinister plot will shake Michael to his core and potentially plunge the world into a new age of darkness. Killing Constantine and his allies might save the world, but doing so could trap the alien entity growing in Michael’s brain forever

Michael Cray #9 by Bryan Hill adds another chapter to this interesting story, but does not yet make anything clear. In this issue, we learn a little more about Diana Prince's plan to bring her "old gods" back to Earth. Constantine and Cray have a heart to heart. Trelane attempts to track Cray down, using his old team. Oh, and the mysterious presence in Cray's mind makes a reappearance.

Hill has created plans within plans with Michael Cray. I'm not sure what the endgame is yet, but the story is definitely building. None of the characters has a lot of depth (although Cray is the closest), but Hill is doing a nice job taking familiar characters and putting an alternate universe spin on them. They are just similar enough to the heroes readers are used to to make their evil sides an intriguing change.

What started as a villain of the month type story has grown into one with some vast conspiracies. This is what Hill has hooked me with, not so much the characters, but the overall story. I'm curious to see how it ends, and this is why I'd recommend Michael Cray #9. This isn't the place to start (a collected edition with the first six issues comes out next week), but it does put another piece of the puzzle in place. With three issues to go, I'd like to see how it turns out. I'm also curious if we'll see how this series fits in with the larger Wild Storm universe and the story being told in The Wild Storm.

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

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