Writer: Joe Brusha
Artwork: Sean Hill
Colors: Marco Lesko
Letters: Matt Krotzer
What They Say:
As the Hellions victory over the evil New Gods mounts they fail to realize how truly ruthless their enemy is…because if the New Gods can’t rule the earth than they don’t plan on leaving it around for anyone else to rule it either. If the humans won’t be happy to exist as willing slaves, Chaos will make sure they become extinct.
Content (please note that portions of review may contain spoilers):
Chaos has the Hellions where he wants them: trying to stop him while they fall before his superior might. The sadistic god flies above it all with Tillman in tow, watching the destruction below as Derek’s teammates desperately attempt to free their leader from his grasp. But with each attack, another of his team is swatted away as Atlas summons his minions of the sea to have their way with these troublesome humans. A giant octopus wraps its tentacles around the men to restrain them as a man-eating shark closes in on Beth, ready to eat his fill. But as the apex predator looms in, ready to end the poor woman’s life, a bold of lightning deters it from the meal; it seems like one of the deities has had a change of heart and is ready to join the losing side – the speedster Olympus. As the tide turns, and the group finishes off the marine foes, they soon see that the enemy has left the battlefield. But the skirmish is far from over as Derek remembers the distress call before this all started: headquarters is under attack.
Even with Olympus’ speed, it will take some time to reach the Nevada desert and by then it may be too late, but they have to try. After a grueling five minutes, Tillman and friend reach the base, only to see it overrun by abominations which they quickly dispatch. As they survey the damage, the bodies of soldiers litter the ground, as Doctor Paul and a few guards emerge from a room, surprised to see they have been rescued. While they may not trust this former enemy, that is not important since the general and Derek’s family have been taken hostage by the woman Zyana. With everyone having been captured, they have no choice but to wait to see what Chaos does next; with some time to occupy, the doctor examines their new ally to see who they are dealing with, and the results are a surprise. However, how can they even hope to mount save anyone when they are so badly outnumbered? Is this the end for humanity?
Now that the end is near, writer Joe Brusha brings everything to a close by making a hopeless situation seem even more desperate. The New Gods have overwhelming power and humanity, even with the E.V.L. program, Tillman and his team are no match for these masochists, but they keep fighting. I love a good underdog story as much as anyone else, but this tale is so ridiculous at times that it feels insulting. The traitor coming at the eleventh hour was predictable, since we saw his doubts in the last issue. And now everyone on the team has been captured, the general and Derek’s family are being held hostage, and the facility is a shambles. However now they might have a chance with Olympus, but since Derek is the only one left, what will Brusha do next?
With this prelude to the finale, it is within this issue that Sean Hill shows off his talent as an artist and releases the true sadism of Chaos. To open the book with that panel of that leader grinning sinisterly as he flies overhead, gloating as to the tragedy unfolding, just makes you hate him even more. Those glowing eyes, colorist Marco Lesko helps to project that evil when you see anyone like that … and in this case his glorious palette displays the coming as he gives everything such a oppressive tone on the canvas. The wonderful double spread shows off the pitiful event as Atlas summons his friends to finish off the humans, you can almost smell the sea due to the spectacular details of pen and paint. But then with the appearance of Olympus, his crimson and golden lightning enhanced costume, shows us that humanity may have a chance, even within this apparent end. They build everything up under the overall dark shadow which covers the entirety of the issue, that it makes you want to see what happens next.
E.V.I.L. Heroes is coming to an end, but of course we know what is coming next, an epic battle for survival. However, with an obvious buildup to what appears to be an impossible fight, in the back of out minds, the readers know that the world will not fall. After all, with all of the hope that has been built up, the series will conclude with a happy ending, even if Brusha has to reveal a trump card and give us a clichéd conclusion. Or will evil actually win this time? Just have to wait and see …
Rating: T (Teen)
Released By: Zenescope
Release Date: February 8th, 2017