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MPH #4

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By Mark Millar, Duncan Fegredo & Peter Doherty

After the crazy cliffhanger this creative team left readers on in #3, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this issue! The task force at the Pentagon is finally piecing together all the mysteries around MPH and, with the assistance of Mr. Springfield, start to make their move on Roscoe and his crew. As the government hones in on them, the speedsters decide on a new path after the loss of Baseball, in hopes of a better life…

The previous issue lagged a little, but Mark Millar more than makes up for it this month. He smoothly transitions between informative, emotional and action-packed sequences; there’s a bit of something for everyone. Once again, Millar grounds this story and MPH within alternate events in history, making the material much more compelling. There are still some questions left unanswered, just enough to keep readers hooked for the finale. What also strengthens this book is how Mark finds another way to explore what it means to be a hero, moments like this make comics so worthwhile.

Considering all the elements Millar wove into this book, Duncan Fegredo and Peter Doherty had a huge sandbox to play in. Fegredo was able to fully convey some of the raw emotions on the page. Chevy spitting in rage is just one of the little subtleties that enhance the imagery. What is fascinating is how well Doherty uses contrast in the panels. He colors the clothing on characters or other elements with distinctive colors in comparison to the background, forcing our perspective within the already vivid page. Incredible work.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that there is so much to absorb in this comic, considering it is the penultimate issue. It could have been hampered by all the details, but with such professionals at the helm, the book came out top-notch! The real problem is waiting until the release of #5…

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