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Review: Delegates #8

Delegates #8

In the eighth issue of Delegates, we find our protagonists at the turning point, where they either give in or retract in a moment of confidence which could mean life or death.

Marla and Zahira are dealing with the repercussions of the androids killing the villagers and how little control they have over them. Daoud and Saito are doing their backup of Amina while she struggles knowing she’s needed elsewhere. As the protagonists try to guess what General Uba’s next move is, they make their own preparations to counter his actions. By issue’s end, one chess move by Uba leaves our heroes in a cloud of chaos but ready to react.

Overall, an action-packed issue which shows just how master storytellers unravel a plot. The story by Tina Cesa Ward is astonishing. The art by the creative team is magnificent. Altogether, one of the best issues yet from this spectacular series.

Story: Tina Cesa Ward
Art: Kendall Gates, Rebecca Harris, Heather Breckel,
and Taylor Esposito
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.7 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Delegates #7

Delegates #7

Trust is a fragile thing that’s earned and soon after, needs to be preserved. People who trust too easily find that faith broken way too fast. Those who don’t trust as easy are because they’ve been burnt too many times. Trust becomes more important when it comes to life and death situations.

When I was in the military, and I was in situations where one wrong turn could be my last, I trusted the man behind me and sometimes in front of me, to watch out for me. At that moment, complete faith in each other is what ultimately brought most of us home in one piece. When you have trust in another human being like that, unwavering, it becomes because of the solidarity you all hold together. In the seventh issue of Delegates, we find our protagonists in new situations that will put everything they believe in question.

We find Marla shortly after someone made an assassination attempt on the President, as the villagers want to execute General Uba’s right-hand man for his audacious attempt, which gives Aminah pause, showing her ability to reason despite the fact that she’s an android. We also find Victoria still recovering from her injuries, while warning Marla and Amina of the impending wave of blowback that is yet to come form news of her being a robot. We also find Saito working under meager conditions knowing that his work could not only mean the survivability of Aminah and the future of the country. We also find General Uba, fighting to keep the country afloat, as his leadership is questioned.

Overall, a powder keg of an issue, that ignites that the moments you least expect. The story by Bin Lee is extraordinary. The art by the creative team is simply breathtaking. Altogether, another action-packed installment in an already excellent series.

Story: Bin Lee
Art: Kendall Gates, Rebecca Harris, Heather Breckel,
and Taylor Esposito
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Advance Review: Delegates #6

The shock and dismay that settled in shortly after Donald Trump was elected President cannot be understated. The world’s collective gasp left the future so much grimmer and darker. The initial hope of a sustainable change was quickly dashed a few weeks into his term. Americans everywhere who had morals quickly realized just how hopeless our future is.

This is where the injustice felt, drives your purpose and even though you know the odds against you, you still believe even when everything you have done is right, and you still get disappointed, when the result is the opposite of what you hoped for. So many who have never experienced it before finally felt how it was not for justice to be served. Something persons of color regularly experienced and felt. When the world and voters everywhere saw who Trump really was, most of the world already knew and many others acted as if they were shocked. In the sixth issue of Delegates, we find Aminah, dealing with the aftermath of revealing what she truly is.

We find one of Aminah’s aides being interrogated by General Uba, who is questioning her about the rumors that Aminah is an android, looking to see if there is any validity to them. As Uba’s cousin, Captain Baptiste, is closing on in on Aminah and Marla, and so does Victoria, who is looking to extract the whole group. As they look to escape, Captain Baptiste finally catches up with them, but the village comes to their rescue leading to an all-out fight between the villagers and Baptiste’s men.

Overall, it’s a fun issue that ends this first story arc with a guns a blazing and some truths told. The story by Tina Cesa Ward and Bin Lee is smart, sweeping, and action packed. The art by the team is luminous and superlative. Altogether, an excellent issue that closes a great story arc and leaves the possibilities limitless.

Story: Tina Cesa Ward and Bin Lee
Art: Felipe Cunha, Rodrigo Urbano, Anwar Hanano, and Taylor Esposito
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Imagine Bin provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Delegates #5

When a story makes an unexpected turning point, the reader is often left flabbergasted.  The initial shock comes because usually when the twist happens, it is right when the reader gets invested in the characters.  It is especially interesting when the writer subverts the tropes that would be employed in the plot that occurs. This takes a lot of leaving “breadcrumbs” throughout the story, clueing the reader in as you get closer to where the story needs to go.

As absurd as it sounds now, the movie, Sixth Sense, did this in spades when it first came out as it drew viewers in, with the story about this little boy, but the story really was about the therapist Bruce Willis played. The classic misdirection is what I am eluding to, and it is surprising, unbelievable, and ultimately satisfying. The comics world was recently surprised, when they learned that Captain America was always an agent of HYDRA. In the fifth issue of Delegates, our heroes unleash their newly kept secret into he public as it both shocks and dismay those who find out.

We catch up with Aminah and the rest of our heroes during her revealing what she really is to the people of Kayatimabe where they are currently stranded and on the run from bandits. What follows is a standoff between our heroes and the bandits, as the bandits see an opportunity to make money off Aminah and Marla must do everything she can to protect her. Aminah eventually reaches out to the bandits and the rest of the village to plead for a chance to prove her worth. By issue’s end, Aminah more than proves her worth but the company that created her is getting closer to where she is and looks to use her for their own purposes once again.

Overall, probably the most cerebral issue of the series, one that challenges notions about the advancement of technology and what it means to be human. The story by Tina Cesa Ward is fun, action packed and astounding. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a great issue that looks to push the book to new heights.

Story: Tina Cesa Ward
Art: Felipe Cunha, Rodrigo Urbano, Anwar Hanano,
and Taylor Esposito
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Delegates #4

Before I joined the military, one of the many news stories that stuck in my head which revolved around military occupation was the massacre in Rwanda. That two tribes who had shared a national identity would, without apprehension, employ genocide to wipe out a people and a history. These, as an elderly woman once reminded me, “are how civilizations vanish.” The miracle of modern technology makes it that we don’t forget these horrible events and the victims who fell because of it.

The thing about places like Rwanda that most people don’t think about is the aftermath. Usually, when such life altering events occur, those who pick up the pieces afterwards sometimes don’t have the best of intentions. Usually crime becomes a problem, then poverty, which both breathe from desperation. In the fourth issue of Delegates our protagonists find new allies while also finding new trouble.

Our protagonists are on the run and find some refuge at a local radios station where we meet Daoud, a scientist, and Weseka, a local farmer. Meanwhile, Inez tries to find out exactly what is going on back at the capital keeping Aminah in the loop. As they leave the station, they are under fire, which one of their new “friends” orchestrated, as the one most underestimated betrayed the president and the rest of the team to some local bandits. By issue’s end, Aminah decides to reveal exactly who she is, making the game even more fierce for her and her compatriots.

Overall, an action-packed issue that changes the stakes for the protagonists while introducing new allies and enemies. The story by Bin Lee is entertaining and fast paced. The art by Felipe Cunha is as always, alluring. Altogether, this is where the story gets really good.

Story: Bin Lee Art: Felipe Cunha
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Delegates #3

As the world moves towards technology the question has always been, can technology completely replace us? The mere fact that we now have smartphones who can think much like we do, anticipate our every move, the question has become is this too much? How can humans be an active part of society, when increasingly, technology is already doing certain jobs such as manufacturing and humans must become more diverse in their skill sets. Jobs people study for or apprentice for are slowly but steadily going away.

Th one job that had been a big subject on the news during the presidential election is the coal mining. Technology has proven this industry to be anachronistic,as the people and the towns who relied on them have suffered major setbacks. They are the last of a dying breed. It is only a matter of time the arena of politics will be greatly affected by technology, and it already is through polling data or as the news recently highlighted the illegal monitoring of social media. In many ways it already is. In the third issue of Delegates the question of robots replacing politicians is explored.

We catch up with Marla and Saito as they try to find a way forward as Aminah is a complete hoax and their worlds are not the same. We also catch up with Victoria as she puts in place a replacement President for India and finds out soon that Saito has gone missing while her bosses reinforce the need for control of Fulawodaabe. We find out that Marla and Saito have been taken hostage as some insurgents have held them for ransom in hopes of nabbing Amina. By the end of the issue, a fatality to Amina’s security team, has left them solemn but hopeful that putting Amina back as president is the best course for the country.

Overall, an issue that drives home the reason the Delegates were put in place. The story by Tina Cesa Ward is action packed and suspense driven. The art by Felipe Cunha is beautiful and engaging. Altogether, one of the better installments from the series thus far.

Story: Tina Cesa Ward Art: Felipe Cunha
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Delegates #2

There is something thought-provoking about people who lie on a consistent basis. It is certainly more than what is on the surface, as there usually layers beneath that. As most people with a moral compass tend to catch up with the dishonesty and not the reason behind the deceit. This is where most people usually falter, and hope change can be achieved.

As honorable as this line of thinking, looks to be, most people who are habitual liars, will continue to lie to get their way. This brings me to the point, of how often habitual liars, are lifelong bureaucrats. This has its roots in politics and becomes even more complicated as geopolitics become embroiled as it becomes very dangerous. In the second issue of Delegates our hero continued to grapple with the truth with insurgents getting closer.

Fulawodaabe still in shock over the president’s well-hidden secret asks for answers, one that she may not be ready for. She soon finds out her employers are behind most of the clandestine oligarchies that rule most of these Third World countries. We also meet Victoria, director of Pnyx and of the Delegates program, which runs each of these countries as she tries her best to keep the program surreptitious. By issue’s end, Saito defies company orders and a change in basic assumptions awaits our heroes.

Overall, an excellent second issue that just ups the ante and gives readers a deeper understanding of why the Delegates program exists. The story by Bin Lee is intelligent and fast paced. The art by Felipe Cunha is beautiful. Altogether, an issue that gets close to the action without sacrificing the story.

Story: Bin Lee Art: Felipe Cunha
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Delegates #1

The term “civil unrest” is oft used term these days, more as a reaction to morally bankrupt rulers than certain civil rights issues. The number of protests across America, has only sparked outrage across the world, as people all over the globe feel the same way. The most recent issue of gun violence, after years of incontinence by legislators has pushed a sea change in the people rising and saying enough is enough. Even Sir Pau McCartney showed up this past weekend at the protests, reminding everyone, that his best friend, John Lennon, died due to gun violence.

As important as these issues are here in America, it is even more so in Third World countries, and the way some governments there treat civil unrest can be fatal.  As most of us who live in this world know, not everything is black or white and one is not necessarily able to change things. Which is why the question becoming, with local police using paramilitary tactics, how soon it will before foreign government starts using technology to extinguish uprisings? This is the question that the creators behind Delegates seeks to ask and answer and does so, masterfully.

The reader is transported to the country of Fulawodaabe, as we are brought to the installation of president Kokumo, the country’s first woman to hold the seat, one full of hope to change the country for the better. Fast forward two years later, and the country faces protrsts , one that threatens Kukomo’s livelihood, which causes concern for some of her staff, including a a young woman, named Hembadoon, an American transport, who has the Kokumo’s ear. The insurgency becomes violent, and the rebels have invaded the presidential palace, leaving Kokumo to flee. By issue’s end, Kokumo and Hembadoon are at odds, as both of their secrets opens each other’s eyes to the lies Fulawodaabe has had to believe.

Overall, an excellent first issue that deftly blends a political thriller and science fiction in a tightly wrapped story. The story by Tina Cesa Ward and Bin Lee is genuine and smart. The art by the creative team is gorgeous and engaging. Altogether, an excellent debut issue will put its hooks in he reader and never let go.

Story: Tina Cesa Ward and Bin Lee
Art: Sabrina Deigert, Felipe Cunha, Leigh Walls, and Doug Gabark
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy