Electric Warriors goes very Hunger Games in the latest issue. That’s not a slam of it, though. Rather, it’s pretty much where the book had to go in this issue.
So far we have been introduced to this time period, Earth between the eras of Kamandi and the Legion of Super-Heroes. We have met some of the players, the conscripts competing in the games for the amusement of the nebulous masters. In this issue we meet a few more, and they begin to band together, no longer content to give their lives for the entertainment of those who look down on them.
There are more touches of Legion in this one, as one of the Electric Warriors is a Khund, and another is a Dominator. Both of those alien races have already been developed into interesting cultures, so there is already a lot to play with when developing these characters.
The story moves breezily from the competition fights to the discussions and schemes behind the scenes. Travel Foreman does a superb job on the art. The aliens look very distinctive, and the costumes are vibrantly fun throughout.
The only possible critique I have of the series is simply that it is so structured that it almost feels like I could guess everything that will happen in upcoming issues. I hope that won’t be the case. Some surprises would be nice. But it’s weird to attack a story for being well laid out.
I find myself already hoping that this miniseries either spawns a direct sequel, or has elements that will carry over into a new Legion of Super-Heroes book.