The bulk of the team infiltrate a Meta Insight facility to extract a target and send a message. Meanwhile the Executive and Miss Ayumi go on an official tour to help distract security.
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I was a bit confused that they would launch a villain title with only about a year under their belt (as they tend to sell well in the short term, then quickly die off, deservedly or not) but I’m glad to see the writers aren’t afraid of variety.
This issue runs concurrent with HEROs #9 and every other current title so I’m curious if any event bleed will occur in the near future now that multiple titles are sinking up time wise.
The issue opens with the team going over a job that the Executive is fairly obviously keeping a bit close to the chest. It’s interesting and shows off the team’s interpersonal relationship very early on.
The infiltration and extraction is both quiet and loud thanks to the well complimenting skills of the team. In the end they get away with their target, a new aircraft, and the Executive/Miss Ayumi kept their involvement secret, though I’m not sure how long that will last.
The big treat was at the end though. We’ve seen bits of Aces over Eights in other issues. Onyx Bolt showed up in HEROs #8 and Edge appeared in Pacific Wardens #1. This issue has the appearance of Vagabond and shows that not only does Aces over Eights have some sort of secret relationship with Catalyst but her power set is far more powerful than is publicly known.
Overall, an excellent start. It kept the villains relatable while also giving hints of larger things.
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