Rating: 4/5 – An All-New Deathlok Holds His Own with the Original.
by ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
Harry Hayes is the newest Deathlok in the Marvel Universe. Although the original Deathlok, Luther Manning, is by far the most well known, there have been others that have carried the name and “costume”. This time around, combat medic Harry Hayes is the cyborg hero and so far, he’s not aware of it. First appearing in the Original Sin tie-in anthology book titled Original Sins, this Deathlok is being used by a mysterious organization to carry out their missions, then being mind wiped at mission end, all without his knowing.
Writer Nathan Edmondson is doing a nice job of exploring the human side to this all new Deathlok. When not on missions where he believes that he’s still doing work for the Medics Without Borders program, he’s dealing with a teenage daughter who’s beginning to act up in school. This balance is played out nicely in this second issue and made me care more for the character behind the guns and robotics. Deathlok’s second mission has him going up against A.I.M., while more information on the S.H.I.E.L.D. task force assigned to investigate him heats up. Edmondson throws a lot at the reader in this issue, but he paces it all wonderfully, even throwing in a surprise guest star that should provide some great action for the third issue.
Mike Perkins’ art is solid throughout and makes Hayes look ruthless as the cyborg Deathlok, and as normal as an everyday father in his civilian persona. There’s plenty of action that Perkins choreographs wonderfully and it should all seem refreshingly similar to those who read his and Brubaker’s outstanding run on Captain America. At times the colors seem to be a little underwhelming, especially in the underwater scenes, but it was not enough to take away from Perkins’ total package for me.
This new Deathlok series is off to a nice start and this second issue is stronger than the first with it’s balance of action and everyday life. Edmondson and Perkins seem to have a real feel for the character and luckily for us, are just getting started. Although Luther Manning will always be “the” Deathlok, this new iteration of the character can potentially, given more time, stand side by side with the original.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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