By Koppy McFad
November 18, 2008 - 03:06
The complexity of the situation is pretty hard to sum up in one paragraph. You have to explain how Jericho has the power to inhabit other people's bodies, how he got into Match's body and who the heck Match is. Suffice to say, newcomers to this book will be mystified and may not understand what is going on. The one-page explanation that appears early in the book just doesn't wrap things up completely.
Other than that, this issue is rather well done. "Match" breaks free, the Titans all make an attempt to subdue him and in the end, Jericho is separated from Match's body with unexpected conseuquences. The action is well choreographed and the Titans show surprising strength instead of acting as punching bags as in so many previous issues.
Even the characterisation is remarkably good. The Titans speak in distinctly different voices and comes off as quite sympathetic-- aside from Winick's penchant for having his characters constantly spouting smart-azz wisecracks, even during inappropriate moments, like when their best friends are fighting for their lives.
The art is surprisingly good, considering it is clearly a last-minute fill-in job. The backgrounds are a bit sparse but at least all the characters end up looking good, especially Match who comes off as both menacing and comical as he screams for help even while he beats up the Titans.
Rating: 7 /10