Well, as much as I would like to rave about this issue, the way I have about the ones preceding it, in all honesty, I cannot. I found the second half of the Aegeus story a bit of a let down.
Partly, that is due to the art. I wasn’t too keen on Andy MacDonald’s work in the last issue, but this one seems even weaker. The touches of Greek regalia on the costumes of the villains, and the Ray’s light armour, are really the only things that work for me.
I also feel that Orlando might have been better served by extending the story another issue. As it stands, it seems to resolve everything far too quickly and easily.
The Atom gets a chance to shine in this one, and that’s a good thing. It looks like the Ray might have a relationship brewing, and I would enjoy seeing that develop.
But the villain himself? I was really hoping for more from this guy. It wasn’t really clear, in the last issue, whether Aegeus was just a fan of Greek mythology, or something more. I was hoping for something more. In this issue, he makes a reference to “god himself.” That’s not a phrase that would come from a true polytheist.
The solution to the town’s economic problems, the root of the troubles in this storyline, also seemed a little too quick and easy. The benevolence of millionaires is hardly something to base an economy on, as the current world situation so clearly demonstrates.