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IN UNIVERSE NEWS: Xenological Disease Outbreak
Villains and Commander Gron may have put the world at risk

Commander Gron, former Executive Officer of the Refugee arc ship, was under special quarantine at a DARPA facility in the American Southwest. He was transferred there from Assembly custody after initial medical scans showed that something may have been altering his behavior. Over the following weeks it was discovered that a vector of some kind had remained dormant in the Refugee and was now surfacing.

Before an effective cure could be synthesized he was broken out of quarantine by several villains (a series of washed out night vision images are shown). Commander Gron and these villains, if the vector has managed to make the jump to humanity, have placed the public at risk. All citizens are urged to keep their distance and Refugees are recommended to seek immediate quarantine following any sighting as they are the most at risk.

-WorldNet

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New Union #4
And We're the Bad Guys?

Preview Summary:

The Executive wants to find out how well his team deals with other supers in combat while simultaneously eliminating a minor threat. He arranges a fight with “The Protection Group,” a gang with a few minor rogues. The result is far better than expected.


Review:

I’m glad they took the time to have a somewhat comedic side story after the last couple issues (that were a little on the dark dramatic side); it gives the villains a chance to show that they’re human too. Terrible people, but still human.

Early on I could not stop laughing after reading the Executive telling the Professor “Make me a fake baby.” Wow. I mean… those words have probably never been written before. Groundbreaking stuff is happening here folks.

They formed a plan and ran into “The Protection Group.” This group… was hilariously inept and full of comic-con rejects. A little meta, but I loved it.

They definitely pulled off the PR end of the job as several of the villains noted during the fight that these “heroes” (technically they were underaged rogues) were way more aggressive than them (with the possible exception of Black Salamander).

Overall an enjoyable read, you need some room to breath so you can have nice little character growth bits like this one.

-Assembly Forever Reviews

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New Union #3
Chance Meetings

Preview Summary:

The Executive has a secret meeting with a member of a Senator’s staff after a tense meeting with his nemesis. He arranges for his group to extract Commander Gron from a DARPA facility. They are successful, but Silas takes something a little extra…

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New Union #2
Prescient

Preview Summary:

The Executive hatches a plan to make a great deal of money and obtain experimental tech. The rest of the villains break into a Prescient Engineering building and destroy or copy everything they can find.

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New Union #1
Sending a Message

Preview Summary:

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.

-The Assembly Official Solicitations


Review:

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.
8.5/10
-Assembly Forever Reviews

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HEROs #8
Hydra

I just… goddamn. The fight was gorgeous. Page after page of intricate splash pages. But, especially considering the post battle scenes, I’m fucking done reviewing this independent rag. If you want any reviews from The Assembly; head over to my bros’ website. I’m out. #corporatecomicsforever

Verdict: 5/10, sweet battle then the usual “feelings” bs.

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HEROs #7
Suppliers

So I can’t follow the Primal stuff at all. Something something aliens. Something something they shouldn’t have a working ship (what?). Where is my blatant exposition? I should know this shit issues in advance of the characters, that’s how comic writing works!

Plus what the hell was up with that cocktease at the end? Really hoping we get some nice gore next issue… But I’m sure they’ll find some way to end it fast and go straight back to talking about their feelings.

Verdict: 2/10

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HEROs #6
Misanthropy, Corned

So this issue starts off very similar to the last one. Who gives a shit if they’re depressed? Fucking punch some stuff. If I had super powers I’d be fucking stoked all the goddamn time.

Anyway, when they finally decide to DO something they track down some warehouse with the help of Rook and some new guy whose name I won’t be bothering to remember until he’s still alive in three issues.

Warehouse has the leader of Misanthropy so there’s a big showdown right? No, of course not. Couldn’t have too much super hero-ing in a super hero book. BAM – Boreas says some one liner and then the fight is basically done. Then they got my hopes up.

GIANT MOTHER FUCKING SNAKE IN THE WAREHOUSE. YES! This is the shit I’m talking about. The thing was massive, gorgeous splash page when it emerged, and it’s pretty sweet looking. Unfortunately the fight is much, much too short. But hey, I’ll take what I can get from these writers.

Verdict: 3/10, At least there was a giant snake.

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HEROs #5
PR Issues

Why am I even continuing to read this series? Nothing but page after page of dialogue balloons.

Verdict: 1/10

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HEROs #4
The Death of Image

Not sure how I feel about this one. On the one hand there was copious gore during Image’s death scene and the big fight was pretty bloody as well. On the other the sappy BS afterwards was cliche as hell.

Verdict: 5/10

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