01/02/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! by Matthew Sturges and Freddie Williams II. pub: DC Comics. 144 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $17.99 (US), $22.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-2606-0).
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The oddest thing from reading all these ‘Final Crisis Aftermath’ graphic novels is the number that centre on the villains and ‘Run!’ is no exception to this. This story focuses on Michael Miller aka the Human Flame aka the Fire Weasel. He’s called a lot of other names through this six-part mini-series under this single cover for a lot of good reasons. His main claim to flame (sorry, I bet there will be an ‘L’ paying for that) was being second-in-command to Libra and killing the Martian Manhunter. Miller is not a nice man and out purely for himself. He’s also not doing particularly well, especially as his replacement zoot-suit gets trashed in a battle with a SWAT team and taken in by General Immortus who wants him for his team of similar third-raters but is given a cybernetic make-over by Professor Achilles Milo who doesn’t know the meaning of anaesthetics which makes him formidable again. He’s also got some limitations included so that he can’t turn on Immortus. Yeah, right. Roadkill waiting to happen.
I should point out that Green Lantern John Stewart with Firestorm and the Red Tornado are on his trail but as the former points out, Miller is hardly an experienced super-villain with set patterns of behaviour. Mind you, the carnage behind Miller should have acted like big arrow signs.
This story is extremely black-humoured and not for the faint-hearted. Saying that, it also avoids clichés by adding twists that you don’t always expect and an excellent page-turner. You won’t turn into someone who likes Miller. He’s a despicable person that you might take some pleasure seeing he gets everything he deserves. Couldn’t happen to a worse bloke.
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