The GeeksverseHalcyon #5

Halcyon #5
Published on Friday, June 3, 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

I suppose the point of this story is to ask the question “does the right to free will include all the negative stuff.” The conflict here is that Sabre thinks that free will includes the right to perform all the negative acts as well as the good. The others think that it’s okay to have a machine that prevents people from commiting violent acts.

Which is right?

That’s something that the story doesn’t get into. At all. And it should have. This series barely touched on the question it asked. Instead it devolved into a generic super hero story. We’re supposed to believe that Sabre, someone driven by justice, would allow himself to be manipulated into becoming the perfect world’s super villian. And there’s a major hole in the end plot. How can Sabre be the next Oculus if the machine is still functioning? What is the point? A major ingredient is missing.

Previous issues had Sabre looking for the origin of the device because he couldn’t believe that it was completely benign. But when confronted with evidence that it is, he does something out of character, he becomes the thing he hates. The script makes it seem like he’s driven and that he’ll feel obsolete without anyone to perform his brand of justice on. Except that doesn’t feel right from the rest of the story.

At the end this was an interesting premise that wasn’t explored.

Bodenheim’s art is good. Except in some parts it appears rushed and unfinished. Like the story, his work doesn’t live up to the expectations of the first issue.

Halcyon #5 receives
2.5 out of 5

Not a satisfying end to the series as the question it posed wasn’t even answered in it’s pages.

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