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There are two things I really like about this issue: banter and mushroom people. Banter can certainly be overdone, and used to be quite often in comics. Now most comics are deadly serious and grim, with not a lighthearted remark to be found, which I find too extreme in the other direction. I miss the kind of banter laced throughout this issue between Kyle Rayner and Carol Ferris, among others. Yes, there’s a serious struggle between war-loving beings and peaceful ones, but the leavening of a little banter makes it all much more fun to read.
Mushroom people, as designed by artist Andrei Bressan are the other great thing here, even though they hardly appear at all, and have no speaking parts. They’re the visual equivalent of banter, a fine example of an artist going the extra mile to give us something fun amid the general mayhem of fighting and struggling. The main plot of the book is nothing very new or remarkable, but writer Justin Jordan and Bressan have still given us a fun read through a little added effort.