Wednesday, 9 January 2013

New Mangaverse: Rings of Fate Issue 3 Review

Written By C.B. Cebulski
Art By Tony Ohtsuka
Cover By Tony Ohtsuka

Synopsis

Carol Danvers is a little more than your average S.H.I.E.L.D. agent—she might just be the last hope the world has against the unstoppable forces of the Hand! Led by Silver Samurai, Lady Deathstrike, Sunfire, and the now-evil Elektra, the Hand makes its move! But are any of the heroes left to recover the ultimate symbol of freedom?!

Review

After the shocking events of the first two issues, issue 3 of the 5 issue run, had a very tough act to follow.  For the most part it succeeds but there are a couple of moments that lose a tiny bit of the momentum set by the previous issues.

At the end of issue 2, The Hand had stolen the ultimate symbol of freedom.  One of the most important items on Stark Island.  However that's not all.  The heroes tried to fight them off but at a heavy cost to themselves, brutally losing a couple members of their merry band of heroes.

Here, they follow that up with some very important revelations and a visually impressive battle scene where The Hand attack an airbase with explosive results.

One of the things I did like about this issue was the fact that while there were still battles that were at the forefront of the first two issues, the characters and storyline took center stage here.  We found out about some of the motivations of both the heroes and villains, we saw the aftermath of the heroes losing some of their friends in battles and we even got to see how scared they were at the prospect of maybe even being wiped out.

It's not that usual for heroes to be seen as worrying about their own survival so that was a welcome surprise there.  At the half way point in the run, I as the reader, am actually starting to wonder if there are going to be any heroes left standing at the end of this yet alone them winning the battle.  Normally you can always tell that all will be OK because they always win in the end but here Cebulski has done a superb job of putting doubt in the readers minds.

The art here is up to the standard set by the first two issues, even surpassing some of the work there with it's visually impressive attack on the air base scenes.  Those panels looked like they had come straight out of a Manga movie and it really shows.

All in all, while this is a bit of a breather issue, there is still a superb ending (as always).  The artwork seems to be improving with each issue and we also get some great character moments where we see more sides to them instead of just being good and evil.

Well worth picking up.

Story 3.5/5
Art 4/5
Overall 7.5/10

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