COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #5 – In The Jaws of Death | FanboysInc

COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #5 – In The Jaws of Death

By Jeff Ayers

COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #5 - In The Jaws of Death

Writer: Steve Orlando

Artist: Stephen Mooney


DC Comics

This is the last part of an incredible “dynamic duo” story arc with Midnighter and Dick Grayson. In the hands of someone’s, this might have just been your normal run-of-the-mill team up. But, Orlando has such an intense handle on Midnighter’s character, that when paired with the iconic Grayson the story just hits the ground running and never stops.

Midnighter and Grayson are bearing down on Akakyevich, the Russian who seems to have stolen a bunch of tech from Midnighter’s God Garden. Dick Grayson has such a distinct fighting style, and Mooney nails the character in every panel. It is never gets lost on me ( a fan of comics most of my life) when I get to see a character I grew up with who has also grown up and evolved. Dick Grayson is ever the side-kick, and will never be able to shake his Robin roots, but has certainly come into his own in the last decade. It is fun to see a character like that change, especially in the hands of another book, and another character altogether.

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COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #5 - In The Jaws of Death

As I have stated before, Midnighter plays off the page like a version of Wolverine, one that doesn’t have the feral side but retains all the confidence and bravado. Also, he is homosexual, which does play into the story arc as Midnighter is talking to his boyfriend, even in the middle of a fight. But the relationship stuff never plays off as too heavy handed, and to make another Marvel reference, it harkens back to the plight of Peter Parker. Many times the wall crawler was in the middle of a battle to also have to rush to a pay phone to tell Mary Jane why he was late to the date. The difference here being that Matt knows who and what Midnighter is, and is cool with dating a superhero. Again, Orlando does an excellent job balancing story and action to create a truly entreating comic.

COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #5 - In The Jaws of Death

The “Best There Is”: There are some truly amazing sequences in this issue. The fight at the end specifically between Grayson, Midnighter and Akakyevich is spot on, and really reminds me of the golden age of comics. You know, when the good guys bust in the door, only to find the bad guy prepared for them, yet the good guys have an ace up their sleeve? Then, after some juicy bad guy posturing, the good guys finally win the day? Stuff like that will always make me smile, and it shows how this story needed to happen with a duo and not just Midnighter alone. That duo dynamic is only strengthened by the second half being Dick Grayson as well, because they have history and he isn’t so thrown off by Midnighter’s crazy.  One such insane move is Midnighter handcuffing himself to Grayson, to only accent their fighting styles that end in a beautiful killing blow against a rather large monster. Orlando does a wonderful job keeping the feel of this story he has only begun intact while also pandering to another iconic character in his midst. Some of the best one liners are “I thought you won fights” and “No Killing” by Grayson, and “Thought you were a gymnast!” and “Nobody lets me do anything” from Midnighter. By the end of the book, both character profess their mutual respect for one another, and we can only hope we will see them team up again in the future.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: The villain, while very old school, was a little too on the nose for my taste, and came across as an evil Tony Stark. (There I go again with the Marvel references.) Just the smarmy, too confident type that you can see getting his comeuppance a mile away. Also, the weird alien-monster-hybrid army that he was creating was a little heavy handed as well, as it seems like that is ALL the Russian super villains tend to do when they get the tech to do it.

FBI Score: 8.5 out of 10. I really loved this paring of Dick Grayson and Midnighter, and it is a sad thing that it is over. Steve Orlando is still crafting a compelling story of theft and intrigue within Midnighter’s world, all with the larger issue of who he is and how he fits into the world at large.


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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