Blood is Thicker…
Credits: Len Wein (writer), Ed Benes (penciler), Brian Garvey (inker), Clem Robins (letterer), Martin Thomas (colorist)
Summary: Gunfire invades Komodo’s mansion, as the Gemini twins locate Billy in New York. Komodo reveals to Benjamin that Billy is a former employee who accidentally got Komodo’s daughter killed during one of his assignments. Gunfire duels Komodo for Benjamin’s life, but can’t win without cheating. The Gemini twins enter with Billy, just as a mysterious earthquake strikes the mansion. Gunfire saves Komodo, and in exchange for his debt of honor, demands Komodo free Billy. Billy thanks Benjamin for speaking up for him, but Benjamin tells him to stay out of his life forever.
I Love the ‘90s: Komodo: “Y-you cheated!” Gunfire: “Welcome to the ‘90s, ace!”
Review: This is the second issue in a row that has the editor begging readers for letters. That’s rarely a good sign. I can’t imagine this story arc inspired much of a reader response, either, unless a portion of the audience is intimately familiar with Hong Kong and wants to nitpick anything the creators got wrong. (Someone might also be inclined to point out that sword duels aren’t particularly common in modern Asia.) This issue does bring us some of the more creative uses of Gunfire’s powers we’ve seen, like what happens when he uses them on two metal dog chains, and there is a decent amount of plot worked into one issue, but it’s really more of the same. The characters are still pretty drab, the ongoing subplots aren’t engaging, and the art is a mess. Thankfully, we’re two issues away from the mercy killing.