crossover. It is jarring to me that a two issues
now constitutes a short story because with some
editing, this could have been told just as
effectively in 22 pages by cleaning up the fight
scenes and getting rid of the useless panels. The
story in this issue leads with a fight scene
where MK literally trades blows with random
thugs. It threw me off the story entirely because
the entire missing child angle of the story is
solved in a fight followed by a splash page then
never addressed. The next two pages were really
hard for me to follow because of the page layout.
I can understand wanting a wide angle of the fun
house, but when none of the frames contain any
real action except the one that is logically last
(the bottom right) it noticeably hurts the flow
of the page. The carnival fight seemed pretty
gratuitous, but your mileage may vary. The
crescent parachutes seemed to be straight out of
Adam West Batman to me, and the action was
awkward as usual. I don't want to be too cynical,
but Hurwitz's action scenes come off confusing.
It is almost as if he understands it, and people
who he talks to about it get it, but to a reader
going into his action sequences cold it is a
garbled mess where honestly, I have no idea how
these fights would look played out in front of
me. The MK katana was over the top. MK getting to
release some steam was a good character idea i
thought, but arming him with his most brutal
weapon to date contradicted the kinder gentler
MK. I can understand these critiques as just
being spoiled by the amazing talent in the action
comic genre, so MK becoming a mainly action book
would naturally be big shoes to fill. The only
part I would call explicitly bad writing was the
very end. As someone who reads this book for the
character, showing how much more tough you are as
the writer than the character was insulting. You
may say that the woman (unnamed in the issue)
would have gone and killed him, but it is the
author who made it happen and put it on the page.
We really didn't need to know what happened to
the old man at the end once MK and Deadpool
weren't involved, but the author decided to tell
us that he wanted him to get murdered in the end.
When the whole message we've been getting the
entire series is that MK is better because he
doesn't kill, saying that you believe in
vigilantes executing people should probably be
saved for another creative venture.
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