As a child of the 80s, there is a fair amount of cheesy pop culture that I enjoyed. Looking back on it, my childhood memories feel a bit magical now. We see echoes of it on shows like The Goldbergs. Truthfully, looking at how popular culture is now, it’s more corporate than fanfare. Everyone looks to monetize fan culture as can be seen by the influx of non-comic book properties holding panels at SDCC. Which is why when I look back at that time, it is often with a smile.
One of those pop culture beacons that I often watch every few years is Clash Of The Titans starring a young Harry Hamlin, an older Laurence Olivier, and with the last visual effects that Ray Harryhausen would ever do for a film. To today’s movie audience, the effects would look crude and the actors, may be even perceived as pompous, but the movie as a whole still stands up. From the acting to the special effects and more, the story itself is what made that movie, a classic action-adventure. In the early 2000 run of Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle, we find the titular hero running in his own trials much like Perseus in the second issue.
We find Shilo Norman, as Metron tests his abilities, through a series of trials, the first one being a Driveby Derby. As Apokolips sends his man-eating cars in the first trial, it keeps Shilo on his toes, to say the least, dodging each car by the skin of his teeth. As Shilo tries to figure out how to survive the trials Metron and Apokolips, argue over Shilo’s importance to winning the war against Darkseid, as his possession of Motherboxx is central to victory. By issue’s end, an enemy in plain view shows their true colors and the much more insidious plot goes into play.
Overall, an issue which plays out like a very careful Chess game one move at a time. The story by Grant Morrison is exciting and well characterized. The art by Pasqual Ferry is superb. Altogether, an installment that unpacks a lot in its abbreviated 22 pages, and gives readers, those beautiful twists Morrison is known for.
Story: Grant Morrison Art: Pasqual Ferry
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy