Fear and Regrets in Dubai (Champions #4 Comic Review)

Champions #4 Review

Writer: Jim Zub

Artists: Steve Cummings

Cover Artist: Kim Jacinto & Rain Berado

Variant Cover Artists: Khoi Pham

Colors: Marcio Menyz

Letters: Clayton Cowles

Champions #4 cover by Kim Jacinto

Previously in Champions…

After a disastrous mission in Dubai leads to the deaths of Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) and Viv Vision, Champions Spider-Man (Miles Morales) and Brawn (Amadeus Cho) willingly agree to help from the demonic Mephisto, to reset the timeline to save their teammates, but this leads to the death of a citizen Miles previously rescued instead. Meanwhile, former Nova foe Kaldera arrives on Earth seeking revenge on the now de-powered Sam Alexander…

Synopsis:

As Kamala confronts Miles in Dubai, the latter brooding over what his decision has lead to, he reveals to Kamala the agreement he and Amadeus made with Mephisto. Across the planet in Manhattan, Sam and his teammates struggle to fend off Kaldera, as she demands the right to kill Sam in ritual combat to regain her lost honour. In the wake of this battle, the team’s mobile bunker begins to crash, so the team must thwart this disaster!!

Opinions on story and art

This was another very engaging and intriguing entry in writer Jim Zub’s increasingly excellent run on Champions! The conclusion to the opening arc of this new volume of this series goes in a very tragic direction, one that allows for some very interesting story possibilities going forward.

Things are not looking good for Kamala and Miles (Champions #4 by Steve Cummings Marcio Menyz)!!

The plot for this issue takes a bit of a backseat to character-arc progressions for both Miles and Sam, and both are left in very interesting positions. The addition of Dust to the list of main characters on the title page is interesting, as it seems to imply a large role for her to play in future stories, as none of the newer recruits from the start of this volume (ie Falcon, Patriot, Bombshell etc) have been featured there.

I have quite enjoyed the use of Mephisto in this storyline, in a manner not typically scene of demons in fiction. Mephisto doesn’t want the heroes’ souls or their loyalty or their marriages but is after something more interesting. It’s very refreshing. Likewise bringing back Kaldera was very much enjoyable for me, as a long-time fan of Sam Alexander, having read his solo series adventures from the very start back in 2012! Between these characters, Dust, the main cast and the new team members, it’s very impressive how well Jim Zub’s been able to so effectively handle the characterization of each and every one of them!

The artwork from Steve Cummings and Marcio Menyz remains very effective, as the emotional heart-to-heart between Miles and Kamala, and the brawl between Kaldera and the rest of the Champions are both equally attractive and compelling! And much like Zub’s writing of this vast cast, Cummings and Menyz manage to balance the visual looks of this ensemble of characters quite well. With how Dust and Mephisto are both depicted in this issue, I’m very much looking forward to seeing this art-team draw both characters even more down the line!

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Ian Cameron

Ian Cameron

A comic-loving doofus eager to see the worlds on the page reflect the wonderfully diverse world we all share!
Summary
This opening arc of Champions has been incredibly intriguing, emotionally charged and filled with fun surprises! This issue cements why Jim Zub, Steve Cummings and Marcio Menyz are such a great fit for this series and opens the door to so many cool potential stories!
Good
  • The conclusion to this arc is very compelling and opens up lots of questions where the plot will go
  • The artwork remains gorgeous and the action stunning (Go Dust go)!
  • Sparky the dog makes an appearance!
Bad
  • The arc does end on a bit of a depressing note
  • With the upcoming War of the Realms tie-in issues, some plot resolution may be stalled til after the tie-ins finish
9.3
Amazing
Art - 9
Writing - 9
Plot - 9
Character Development - 10
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