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Michael Avon Oeming's The Victories #7
Dark Horse Comics
Posted 12/1/13 11:49 PM ET

"Posthuman" Part 2 of 5

Writer: Michael Avon Oeming

Artist: Michael Avon Oeming

Colorist: Nick Filardi

Letters: Aaron Walker

Color Artist: Michael Avon Oeming & Nick Filardi

"Lady Dragon" Backup Story

Writer: Michael Avon Oeming

Art: Taki Soma

Colors: Nick Filardi

Letters: Aaron Walker

Release Date: 12/4/2013


Dark Horse Comics' Official Solicitation: "The Victories are behind bars, and only DD Mau can break them out. But how can they reach her—and will she be up to the task? Can DD overcome her crippling self-doubt to be the hero she needs to be?"

It's been a while since the Geekomonicon reviewed Oeming's The Victories. It's still just as good. This reviewer jumped back in after missing out on The Victories stories included in a few issues of the Dark Horse Presents anthologies, and the beginning of the ongoing so I missed out on some great stories and am admittedly a little lost on what's going on with a few subplots. But that's part of the greatness of Oeming's writing, despite this I was still completely engrossed in this issue, feeling slightly slapped around (in a good way) by the breakneck speed of the events that unfolded in this issue. Seriously, when I got to the “Lady Dragon” backup I was shocked that the main story was past already. 

Breakneck pacing aside, this is the very human, very true, writing Oeming displayed in the original mini-series. Oeming shows, unabashedly, the brilliance and flaws of the human psyche and how the “good” and “bad” parts of the human experience go hand in hand to co-create each other on many levels. There's also about the same level of cursing in the dialogue as before too, including a funny exchange during the opening battle of this issue about D.D. Threatening to snap dicks off enemies and Sai backing up this threat by adding his two cents “She's not kidding 'dudes'... I've seen her do it.”

Oeming's artwork is solid as ever, still reminiscent of a combination of Mike Mignola's and John Arucadi's styles. Nick Filardi's colors are a perfect compliment to Oeming's artwork, muted and dark when needed and bright when the story calls for it. Filardi's pallet is very grim and gritty without getting lost in its own shadows and darker aspects. Very noir, in the best ways, not a cartoonish noir at all (see the live action version of The Spirit for my personal definition of that seeming oxymoron, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson are all that made that movie watchable).

Overall this is still a highly recommended pull at the comic shop, same as it was when this reviewer followed and reviewed each issue of the original mini-series. Oeming's Victories keep getting better and better as his world in which the team inhabits gets more and more fleshed out with each issue. 

“Lady Dragon” is also recommended reading, I've known many over the years that skip backup stories altogether but read the extra five pages, no spoilers but it adds more detail to the background of what is going on in the main storyline of this arc. Again no major spoilers, but if the reader is unfamiliar with the myth serving as the framework for the Victories' antagonist, the backup story should be mandatory reading! Filardi's colors are just as fitting to “Lady Dragon” as the main story, but this time they're coloring in Taki Soma's artwork. Soma does an outstanding job as well with lines, crisp and clean but not like technical manual clean; there's definite life in the art! 

This review is being kept short to avoid spoilers (the way this issue moves and a few momentous must read moments for the series contained within leaves little room to not spoil with further exposition), but once again, add this to your pull list whether you read the original mini-series and follow ups in Dark Horse Presents. Hit your back issue bins and trade walls at your local comic shops if you didn't read the earlier installments, you won't regret it. Not for younger readers obviously, but adult superhero enthusiasts that like watching flawed, psychologically realistic characters struggle and be human when it comes to their responsibilities and abilities.

The Victories #7 - “Posthuman” part 2 of 5 gets a 4.5 out of 5.

For more on The Victories check out www.darkhorse.com.

- Michael Meade

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