The Daredevil-centric Devil’s Reign event has ended, and we are at the Omega issue. I find issues like this fun as they wrap up loose ends and point us in the direction of where to go next. We get three stories that help guide us to the next destination within this issue. If you’re a fan of Luke Cage, you will want to dive in and check this out, as he is the star. If you want to know what the Daredevils will be up to, their adventure begins here, and the Thunderbolts are taking shape for their reform.
Starting with the main cover by In-Hyuk Lee, I like the layout showcasing Matt tangled up in Elektra’s sais. The image is a great symbol of how Matt’s future can potentially be by her side, as we’ve seen by way of press from Marvel for the upcoming Daredevil relaunch. In-Hyuk is a fantastic artist, and I love how simple the image is and how deep the symbolism can be. Another “clue” I pick up is that Matt and Elektra are in-between the light and the darkness, which is excellent because of their methods and enemies, putting them in precarious situations.
Inside the issue is the first story, “Fall and Rise,” by Chip Zdarsky and Rafael De Latorre, and it does a great job of bringing some closure to most of the characters from Devil’s Reign. In my opinion, there were two characters that I would’ve liked to have seen after their moments in Devil’s Reign #6. I like how Chip Zdarsky brings tension and doubt to the heroes as they deal with the main event for which they gather. It was also a nice touch that J. Jonah Jameson made a cameo and even made a considerable observation that showcased his investigative strengths.
The art from Rafael De Latorre is enjoyable and fits in with the style of the previous series of Daredevil. I like the sense of art style and consistency with the Daredevil comic series. Rafael does a great job of capturing the characters’ emotions as they deal with what has happened and their losses. While the gathering is a lot of standing around, Rafael still gets some moments to shine with the heroes in action. As this story ends, there are some great growths in the Cage family, and that last page is quite the cliffhanger that I’m sure will come into play with the new volume of Daredevil; it has my hype radar rising!
The second story, “Cleaning House” by Jim Zub and Luciano Vecchio, is a significant “issue zero” for the upcoming Thunderbolts series. I enjoyed the focus on Luke Cage here, and between both writers, they do a great job of showcasing that Luke has the potential to be such a great mayor, especially after all the pain Fisk caused. Yet it won’t be an easy job which is excellent as it gives a solid rationale for why the Thunderbolts will be doing what they need to do in their new comic. Luciano Vecchio gets some bombastic action sequences in his pages that show some high-octane moments that would be very welcoming in the upcoming series, so this is a fantastic primer for the new volume.
The last story, “Mayor for Hire” by Rodney Barnes and Guillermo Sanna, is an excellent character piece that gets into the mind and voice of Luke Cage. The art left me wanting, but it does the job when it comes to helping highlight the mood of self-reflection and determination to do right. The story’s insights into Luke make me excited for his upcoming adventures with his mini-series City of Fire. I hope the forthcoming creative team can keep Rodney Barnes’ ideal of Luke in their issues.
Devil’s Reign: Omega #1 isn’t just an omega; it is also an alpha! A fantastic wrap-up to the Devil’s Reign event showcases deep character emotion and entices you to the next adventures for the characters. Even though Fisk’s fall has happened, there is a lot to unpack and rebuild, making for a good story about future issues. If you’re a fan of Luke Cage, you won’t want to miss this issue as he steals the show!
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