The GeeksverseHalcyon #3

Halcyon #3
Published on Sunday, January 16, 2011 by

Written by: Marc Guggenheim & Tara Butters
Art by: Ryan Bodenheim
Colored by: Mark Englert
Lettered by: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: Bodenheim
Editor: Aubrey Sitterson

This issue opens with one of the Halcyon heroes jumping off a building, telling us (in caption) that we don’t know her. It’s the muscle bound woman in a cape. We’re not given her name, just her talking. We have to look back to Issue #1 to get her name. That’s all we know about this hero. Just the name. That’s it. She only appears in two pages in this issue, but they’re supposed to be shocking and have major impact.

It would except we don’t care about this person. All we knew about her was a name. Nothing more. There’s no connection so that when she commits suicide at the end it has no meaning because we haven’t been inside her head. The only things that stand out about the sequance are:

1 – she can’t fly
2 – she commits suicide

And both those points seem out of place. She’s muscle bound and wears a cape. It would lead people to assume that she can at least fly. She comes across, by visual, as another Superman-archetype like Zenith. So wouldn’t she be invunerable? It stands to reason as most people in the comic book world with super strength have some kind of invunerability. So knowing what we know about her, which is nothing more then visual, it seems odd that she could kill herself by falling off a building. Wouldn’t her strength save her?

The other thing that seems out of place is the act of suicide itself. The G.H.P (Global Humanitarian Phenomenon) wiped out all aggression and violence in the world. Isn’t suicide an act of aggression and violence? It’s against oneself but it’s still an aggressive act and a violent one. So how was she able to contemplate and commit suicide?

We see, with Sabre, what happens when one pushes oneself to try to discover the cause of the GHP. Why didn’t she show signs of fighting against the impulse?

The rest of the issue is just Sabre continuing his crusade to discover the cause and bringing Zenith with him to a remote research station where they discover a dead telepath. It’s a little too much of a coincedance that Sabre has a fight with the telepath, shown in a flashback, where she describes doing exactly what happened to the world A little too nicely tied together.

Guggenheim and Butters do a good job of showing how obsessed Sabre is, and laying out the reasons why. Without any violence in the world his life has no meaning.

The Occulus scene, with him finding a cure for cancer, foreshadows just how he’s going to take over the world, peacefully.

Bodenheim’s art is nice. His figures are great. He really does alot of detail on the costumes. The only problem is that his backgrounds are extremely lacking. The Occulus sequance highlights the jarring nature of the lack of backgrounds. The backgrounds show the formula for his cure for cancer but there is one panel that just shows his face and there’s no background. Nothing. It stands out jarringly and out of place. There’s some backgrounds, without much detail, here and there and it just highlights the lack of backgrounds in the majority of the rest of the panels.

Halcyon #3 receives
3 out of 5

It’s kind of bad when the main premise of the book is contradicted by the writer.

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