** The following review while careful not to reveal any actual spoilers from this issue, it does tease the reader with hints as well as spoilers from issues past. Please feel free to purchase this issue on Wednesday**
Another fantastic issue of The Victories, Michael Avon Oeming treats us to a deeper look into Faustus’ past. The path that made him a hero then, and the path that made him one now. A hero, and a man with memories just as painful then as his relationships are now. Not an easy issue for Faustus, but definitely a very humanizing one.
We learn a bit more about the team and the interesting world which they find themselves in. I am really enjoying the way Oeming is developing his universe, giving us just enough that it feels natural and still leaves us wondering about more. (The art and colors only enhancing this.)
Too often in storytelling and Hollywood there is the temptation to assume the audience is… well, stupid.
As such many comics may over-burden the reader with too much establishing information making the characters feel quite forced as the author styles their dialogue to answer every possible question their readers might have in the first three pages. Michael Oeming does not have this problem, as such his characters feel more grounded than many superhero teams, and already have familiarly established personalities by this the third issue. (As did Jackal by the end of issue one. Really enjoying watching his twisted story continue. He’s one-of-kind, that guy.)
As for the city and world itself, it leaves the reader feeling like a new arrival in a dark and interesting world. Very much looking forward to my next vacation there in issue four. -N