What’s somewhat confusing about the Seven Soldiers of Victory graphic novels volume 1 and 2 is that they only include four characters. In volume 3, the three other characters show up: Bulleteer, Frankenstein, and Mr. Miracle (not to be confused with Mr. Terrific). It might be a good idea to read this volume soon since Frankenstein will be getting his own series in DC in September after the relaunch.
The characters from the first 2 volumes get into exciting confrontations, while the new characters to the series are slowly introduced. I think just the way the comics are grouped together can make Seven Soldiers of Victory frustrating. If you read them cover to cover, you’ll be expecting the story to get increasingly more intense, but then another character will be brough in, and it’ll slow down. Maybe the best way to read the series is to purchase/check out from the library all four volumes, then read each character’s story separately.
Volume 3 is overall pretty good. The Bulleteer issues take the series in a Watchmen direction, including the murky areas of the mind into the superhero mentality. In Bulleteer, there’s a man who desperately wants to become a superhero, but you find out later that the reason why isn’t altruistic but fetishistic. The man’s wife later becomes Bulleteer, and she also becomes the most human and likeable character in the series.
I’ve noticed in Grant Morrison’s career he has repeatedly referenced back to Jack Kirby’s Fourth World series. I get the feeling Morrison must really love Kirby’s Fourth World (who can blame him), except I wonder what incensed him to have every character from it called off in Final Crisis? They were apparently revived after the events, but I haven’t seen any appear in comics since. In volume 3, Morrison brings Mr. Miracle to the forefront, a protege of the original Mr. Miracle from Fourth World.
The only let-down for me in volume 3 was Frankenstein’s issue. I thought, apart from the novelty of it being Frankenstein, the character was just the avenging-angel character-type that pretty frequently shows up in comics. The art for Frankenstein is by Doug Mahnke, who’s always good. He’d later reteam with Morrison for a Superman tie-in to Final Crisis.
The stand-out issue in this one is Zatanna‘s dustup with an evil magician. It’s one of the kookiest fights I’ve come across in comics. The two characters seem to float through dimensions and change size right as they’re combating each other. Ryan Sook draws it all very well, relying on all sorts of unusual perspective angles.
Overall, this was a pretty good comic. Volume 2 was better. I don’t know if I’d buy this one, but it was worth getting from the library for sure.
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