The GeeksverseI.C.E. #3-Advanced Review

I.C.E. #3-Advanced Review
Published on Monday, October 24, 2011 by

ICE #3 is in-stores Wednesday, October 26th.

ICE #3 (of 4)
Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Jose Holder
Co-Feature Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Colors: Michael Wiggam

ICE #3 (of 4)
Following issue #2’s stunning conclusion, the worm has turned and the ICE team is under attack! Luis Morales and his cartel are now on the offensive—taking the battle directly to Cole Matai and his elite tactical team while they are off-duty and alone. Unfortunately, this bold move by Morales will cost an ICE agent his life, causing Cole to take justice into his own hands—or die trying.

The first issue of ICE was fairly solid, even with the lack of identity, but the second issue loses points because of that lack of identity. Wagner’s script is pretty strong, but the pacing is off. The Pryde review of issue #2 was concerned with a few logical plot holes about operations, as well as what causes this book to be different from Flash Point, the Unit, or other tactical team properties. Wagner, in his Pryde interview, separated this book from A-Team or G.I. Joe, but the story itself could be any tactical team. That is not a problem, just an observation about how this team can go and do what they do is never explained.

Is that unexplained overarching power of a tactical team a political commentary? It doesn’t feel like it among the blood and gore. If anything this series seems to justify the broad powers of I.C.E. which is a different view than Machete offered.

Issue 2 left the audience with a gruesome reveal. The first issue had as well. Wagner and companies style relies heavily on gruesome cliff hangers to keep the action brutal. The third issue’s A-Story ends on a Rambo moment. If Dwayne “Rock” Johnson was playing Rambo it would look and sound like the last page.

This issue thins down the I.C.E. roster. It kills a character that was just beginning to be explored. In essence the team was too big and needed to be thinned so this is not a problem. It does present the need for avenging that spurs on the rest of the team, and a byproduct is a smaller team that the reader can get to know. Instead of being varied faces, now a smaller team should be a tighter team. It also provides a bit of bloodiness.

Don’t bring a gun to a knife fight always seems like good advice. The teaser for next issue looks like a gun-show and knife fight combined. It should be an action packed conclusion to this miniseries.

Of course, at this point in the miniseries is when we start questioning if these characters will return after the final showdown. Only time will tell. Check out the Preview of #3. Discuss on the Pryde Forum.

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