Book Title: The Antagonists #3 - Blackout
Book Description: Issue three of The Antagonists opens with a nice spin on a classic origin trope as a young Tonya and Calvin attend a house party. Down on his luck, Calvin sulks outside until Tonya meets him, introducing herself. Calvin explains why he’s having such a bad time, to which Tonya personally solves the problem, the manipulator Denise, with the tail end of her fist. The new allies take full advantage of the moment and head to Calvin’s father’s car for a little extra romance. Concurrently, a meteor impacts the home of the ongoing party, killing everyone and decimating the block. A reluctant Tonya is reassured by Calvin as they investigate, discovering a meteorite.
In the present, Agent Sheila English virtually meets with the mysterious director of the organization A.C.T.I.O.N. She explains her assessment of the crime scene left by Tonya and the assumption that it is her doing. The director then promptly calls for English to return to Washington D.C., much to English’s disapproval. Sheila visits Tonya’s firm to find more leads.
We meet up with the Eval family as Aaliyah interrupts boy genius, Tajj, who flexes his brain with another invention. Kicked out of his room, Aaliyah meets Trey, who sneaks back into his room. She bribes him and leaves happily. In their bedroom, Calvin and Tonya have a heated debate about the disintegration of her boss (see Issue #1), which is followed by a ring at the door. Trey answers as we meet the Evals’ new neighbors, the Darlings.
Book Author: Tyler F. Martin
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Godhood Comics
Illustrator: Mateo Illuminati
‘Blackout’ puts a great spin on the meteorite origin by molding it with the nostalgia of the house party. The lore of both Tonya and Calvin’s are added on here and show a unique perspective on supervillains to be. Later in the issue, we see that Sheila English is a force to be reckoned with mentally and I can’t wait to see more from her. One of my favorite aspects of the book so far is without a doubt the interaction between the Eval siblings which I believe Martin nails every time.
The art is a consistent step in the right direction; it’s fresh, engaging, and even sinister when it needs to be. Aside from the line art, the movement from panel to panel is fluid and effortless (one of my favorites is page 6). All in all, another enjoyable read from the team at Godhood Comics. Oh, and Tajj definitely has a shrink ray.
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