Page 45 Review by Stephen
That is one well equipped modern mercenary: combat boots, flak jacket
ancient, double-bladed battle axe.
Not quite standard issue.
From the writer of LAZARUS and BLACK MAGIC and with Ed Brubaker GOTHAM CENTRAL comes an impeccably researched, more action-orientated mystery of military manoeuvres across the globe. Across time too, and Andy is fucking sick of it.
Clue: her full name is Andromache and if you know your Euripides, she had a pretty shitty time of it every since Achilles went and whopped her husband Hector. I mean, a really shitty time of it. The Greeks tossed her sprog over the Trojan walls then, just to rub it in, made her a slave to Achilles own son.
As the opening three pages make brutally clear the intervening centuries havent brought much more peace. She appears to have fought her way through them all. Which is one way to trying to work through your understandable anger issues. She hasnt stopped fighting, either. Andy and her three male colleagues have one key advantage over others engaged in mortal combat: theyre not mortal. They cannot die.
Unfortunately in the 21st Century keeping that quiet is a tad more difficult than it used to be: live footage not recorded onto a drive which could be deleted, but beamed immediately around the globe via satellite to someone who wants a piece of their anti-agapic action. Youll see.
What you wont necessarily see immediately as Andy and co are on their way to South Sudan to rescue seventeen girls from heavily armed abductors is what relevance there could possibly be in American marine Nile Freemans search of a family home in Afghanistan full of very frightened women. But you will, at the end of chapter one.
The initial scene inside the home is beautifully played by both Rucka and Fernández who delivers both day and night, throughout, in a style similar to 100 BULLETS Eduardo Risso: lots of silhouettes and shadows.
We are searching for someone. We believe he is hiding her. This man. He has killed many of my people and many of yours. Have you seen this man?
No, replies the old woman, staring at the photo in terrified recognition.
No, there are no men here, she says, glancing to the door behind which they are hidden, and a man who would cower behind women
who puts them in danger and uses them as shields
he is no man at all.
I thank you for your honesty and help. We will leave you in peace
blessings on your house
Everyones in for some surprises, including you: being immortal isnt all its cracked up to be if your family arent in on it. And cannot be Andy is adamant about that and eloquent on the subject.
On the other hand, discovering the love of your life early on, if they are immortal too
Tenderness and brutality in equal measure.