Bought cover B with Flint and Baroness - I wasn't really crazy about either cover though. I like the big action/big scene covers like the ones that SL Gallant does for ARAH. Also if you're going to have two covers why put the Baroness on both of them? We could have had a cover that represented the submarine half of the issue.
Good opening with Error-404 beginning his attack on the Tuna. This delivers well on that cliffhanger from the previous issue. I rolled my eyes at Mainframe's "It could happen" line. I don't know - it just seemed out of character. I can't imagine him making that kind of a statement to one of the other ladies on the team - talk about setting himself up for humiliation. I think he would be more guarded than that.
Great stuff. The suspense hit home as the Joes hustle into the vault and for the first time I actually felt for the death of a generic Joe. I found myself very much liking Pokerface and was sad to see him go.
The sub full of Joes is under Cobra control and dropping fast into crush depth territory. The monkey on the computer screens - ha! The pics of the water bursting into the sub, tossing Joes aside - Dixon and Rosado have my complete attention so far!
Love this! The Joes cutting the chip out of the Baroness's arm - awesome! It's immensely satisfying to see this spoiled Aristocratic brat get the treatment she deserves!
I have a grim feeling that Baroness's line to Hard-Drive "You are so dead for this!" will come true, though... And great pic of the BAT blazing its way through the vault on the top of page 13.
At this point we're a little over half way in the issue and both stories are highly enjoyable, hitting us hard with action and suspense and the pacing is masterful - we're moving at breakneck speed!
The sub continues to sink and we see in some parts of the vessel the water is already knee-deep. Great! Mainframe mentions that he has one last desperate move left, and we're left wondering what the plan is as we cut back to the BAT story...
Up until this point I thought the writing was dead on perfect. But here Dixon loses me. They suddenly call in an air strike and boom, problem solved. Pretty anticlimactic when the characters in trouble don't take care of the problem themselves. What a disappointing resolution to a story that was so perfectly set up. Not to mention I thought the Joes were out of contact with the rest of the team. In #6 Flint says "soon as we're out of jamming range we'll raise General Hawk and apprise him of our situation." No comment had ever been made regarding communications since, so I had assumed that they were still out of contact with the rest of the team. We never see them calling HQ about holing up in Springfield or about the BAT when it first attacks, so it's easy to think they're still cut off from the rest of the team. So to suddenly call in an air strike at the last minute is jarring to me. Another issue is that I don't think a plane could have been over Springfield before the BAT would have melted its way into the vault. But again, the biggest problem with this is that its just anticlimactic for these Joes, who we thought were cut off from everyone else, to not solve the problem themselves. This certainly didn't ruin the entire issue for me, but I am disappointed with the way this ultimately played out.
Now THIS resolution for the sinking sub story is a home-run. We learn what Mainframe's plan is and I did not see this coming, but it's very plausible AND the problem was solved by the Joes facing the danger. They didn't suddenly call another Joe sub that happened to be in the area to come by and tow them out of danger - which, as lame as that sounds, is pretty much the equivalent of what we got in the BAT resolution. What also adds to the greatness of this climax is that it's a hollow victory - they still lose the sub with 60 or more Joes. Whoa. Was not expecting this. I figured that in the end they would save the sub, but no.
Great to see some more on the mysterious Cobra Council, and of course Bludd is now on the scoreboard in a big way.
It is confirmed that The Joes in the vault survived the blast. Not much of a cliffhanger I suppose, but it's not a terrible ending either. But I think we can safely assume now that Ripcord and Crankcase are both dead in the reboot continuity. Even if they had just been wounded by the car blast surely they would have perished in this airstrike, not being in the vault.
Overall this is another strong entry for the main title. The submarine half of the issue is flawless. The BAT half of the issue is excellent up until the disappointing resolution.
Once again the art is very good, but it does look rushed in places and it doesn't seem as crisp as it was last issue.