Catalyst Prime Seven Days #3
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Jose Luis
Inks by Jonas Trinidade
Colors by Michelle Madsen
Letters by Saida Tremofonte
The Rundown: While the architect of Earth’s destruction reveals his motives, a group of kids discover a way to save the Earth.
It’s Day Three and while there are many who still don’t believe the world is ending, there are others who believe it hard enough they are willing to go to desperate extremes. At her base in Mexico, Lorena continues to monitor the situation and when she discovers a group of kids who have successfully destroyed an Obsidian Man, she sends her people to pick them up.
At the same time, Summit is on a recruiting mission to find as many enhanced humans as possible to try to mount a defense against the remaining Obsidian Men. When one of the kids explains the strategy they used to take down the machine, Lorena relays it out to the team in the field and they go on the offensive.
Unbeknownst to the people of Earth, the young blogger who first brought the news to the world has unwittingly been given an exclusive interview with the creature who begun this attack.
The Story: With time running out, this story grabs the readers attention and allows for the characters to develop along with the plot. Gail Simone slows down the story long enough to give the reader a glimpse at the smaller, more dramatic impact the larger story is having. The father/daughter story at the beginning of the issue is especially tragic and it adds drama to an already tension filled narrative. I like the directions this story goes in and how the characters are changed and developed along the way. I love the reveals as well and how they will potentially impact the story going forward.
The Art: Stunning visuals from Jose Luis punctuate an awesome story that feels global in its scope and scale. Luis manages to make every page complement the story with the choice of camera angles and how the characters are framed in a scene. The immediacy of the plot isn’t lost with the visuals even in the quieter moments.