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COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #10 – About Who Can Walk Away

By Jeff Ayers

COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #10 - About Who Can Walk Away

Writer: Steve Orlando

Artists: Hugo Petrus and ACO

Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.


DC Comics

Midnighter has become my new favorite DC superhero, hands down, because of this series. I went in almost completely blind, knowing only basic information about the character. But now, Midnighter is not only one of the most exciting books on the shelf each month, but it is constantly ramping up the action and story arc. I am going to forgo the usual Best There is/Isn’t Very Nice and do something completely rare: I am giving Midnighter #10 a perfect “10”. Lets break it down to all the points that were downright amazing in this issue.

As if there isn’t a better place to start, lets talk about the cover: Drawn by ACO and colored by Romulo Fajardo Jr., it is an incredibly striking image of the evil Parasite seemingly sucking the life out of the Midnighter. Now, we all know that covers can, and usually are, a little misleading to get you the consumer to pick up the book off the shelf. This is no different, as the Parasite has little to do in this issue until it nears the end, and obviously he can’t really get the drop on the Midnighter! But the bright purples pop off the cover, and the yellow bones of Midnighter look eerie and grotesque, all the while creating a wonderful cover image.

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The interior of the book retains the awesome artistic talents of ACO and Fajardo Jr., and adds in Hugo Petrus for the first ten pages. When we last left Midnighter, he was fighting off a surprise visit by the Suicide Squad alongside Robert Otsego, his documentarian and possible new beau. Robert did his best to stand up to the likes of Harley Quinn and newcomer Afterthought, but Midnighter was still taken their captive. Robert now wakes up to Marina and Bertinelli from Spyral, that are desperate to find where Midnighter might be after his actions retrieving the Perdition Pistol. So much of this issue is amazing thanks to the way Steve Orlando crafts the dialogue around the events, but leaves room for fantastic one liners. When Robert finds out that Spyral is still just manipulating Midnighter, he screams after them, “If I were you, I’d find him before he decides you’re part of the problem”. Very poignant, and a really cool line that a gets uttered from a minor character.

COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #10 - About Who Can Walk Away

Next we get to see Midnighter in the clutches of the Suicide Squad, which is led by none other than Amanda Waller. She wants to break Midnighter and learn what she can about Spyral, and all the while we get to witness Midnighter seemingly at ease with his predicament. One of the things that makes this character so endearing is the fact that he is cocky, and brash in the face of certain danger, and yet he always seems to be able to back up his claims. What works so well in this sequence is all of the cool little Easter eggs that Orlando gets to pepper into the dialogue. From the superb back and forth Midnighter has with Waller explaining that there is nothing she can do to him to break him, to the reprimand that Waller gives to Deadshot after he speaks out of turn is just a testament to Orlando’s skill at crafting a compelling narrative. Waller expertly puts Deadshot in his place, telling him he is in fact the “B team” along with the rest of the Suicide Squad because they have to keep Henry Bendix safe. The military scientist is working on the Unified project which requires Kryptonian DNA, which used to be impossible to get until Superman started to bleed. This entire sequence sets up the Suicide Squad for new and old fans alike, as well as touching on multiple cogs and gears in the huge machine that is the DC Universe. A true bit of fan service for sure, but it never feels forced down your throat, and it works perfectly on the page.

Midnighter gets free and brings the hurt to his captors, and then tracks down Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Parasite, who are all watching over Bendix. The action continues to go even further, as Midnighter makes a classic comic book entrance to the fray. Orlando lays the quips on a bit heavy, but that is the nature of the character, and they never feel like Midnighter is stepping out of his own skin. In fact, there are a lot of characters being juggled in this issue, and all of them are believable. That is a big win for Orlando, and a true testament to his writing talent, because it is very hard to bring established characters into a solo character book and have them all feel real and comfortable within the confines of the story. When Amanda Waller speaks, it sounds like her, and the same goes for Deadshot and Harley Quinn. In fact, when Harley gets excited and calls Midnighter “Leather-man!” it is not only endearing, but totally her voice.

COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #10 - About Who Can Walk Away

The battle rages on, with Midnighter getting some great shots in, as well as getting some pummeling from the Suicide Squad. Another showdown, in a perfect western setting, between Deadshot and Midnighter feels almost like two larger characters are facing off against one another. (Think Batman and Superman). Yet again, a beautiful DC nugget is laid out when Deadshot taunts, “I fought the Bat and walked away clean. You think I’m going to sweat the off brand?” Midnighter answers with a grin, “You’d be lucky for Batman.”, and then proceeds to cripple Deadshot. Brilliant and fun writing by Orlando, and excellent use of motion and panel work by ACO. Truly a fight sequence that should live on in the “best of” lists with DC super fans. As if all of this wasn’t enough, the issue ends on a cliffhanger, with a gigantic explosion, to bait you fully for next month’s Midnighter #11.

FBI Score: 10 out of 10. Midnighter #10 has everything you would hope for in a comic book. It starts with a bang, and never slows down until the final panel. There is so much action, great dialogue, funny quips and intense fight sequences that you immediately want to re-read it when you get to the back cover. Pick up this issue today, even if you haven’t read the first nine, and enjoy what comic books can be once again.


Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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