Title: VS #4
Writer: Ivan Brandon
Artist/Cover: Esad Ribic
Publication Date: May 30, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Satta Flynn’s refusal to lay down and die drives the omnipotent systems that rule humanity to make a drastic decision. The nail that sticks out gets hammered down, but what if the hammer breaks the whole world at the same time?”
Satta Flynn is determined to prove himself in this issue. He’s had a few upgrades and is ready to greet his adoring fans with the violence and battle-skill they want. However, the powers that be have other ideas about Flynn’s future.
From a narrative perspective, this issue moves fairly quickly, Flynn is presented and the battle begins, but there is little story development until the last few pages. However, Brandon’s vision of a ‘gladiators of the future’ style works really well in this issue. The story is not just centered around the fighting, but the entertainment of those battles. Readers are drawn into the illusion that this is all played out on some kind of television screen using snippets from sponsors, video interruptions, and a sports style announcer. Aiding this illusion is the detailed artwork from Esad Ribic. Ribic’s panels are detailed and his fight scenes intricate.
This issue may have been about the battle, but there is definitely more to Flynn’s story. What will happen next? Brandon and Ribic created a world where violence reigns supreme, but they need to develop Flynn’s place within all the chaos.
The Bottom Line:
Action-packed with stellar fight scenes, this issue was fun to read and left me curious about Flynn’s future. Brandon and Ribic create the perfect balance between the written and visual narrative, letting the reader experience the action.