Whew, there is a lot of information in this issue. A lot of things get revealed all at once. There isn’t much action in this issue. It is more along the lines of explanation. Don’t get me wrong, I still love this comic, but I like when reveals are done more secretively. If that makes any sense. I don’t need people to explain all the details but rather would have characters discover the results while other characters are left in the dark. I feel like I have been waiting forever for this issue to come out. I am glad that they gave us a quick recap at the beginning to refresh the readers. Our recap consists of a reintroduction to the hoodie, we also see who holds the power, Elle’s mother, and why Elle is comatose. I find Elle’s situation the coolest part to read. Remember she can jump bodies of other comatose patients. When she does this it wakes this patient up and she has to frankly explain herself to Jo, her best friend, in order to solve her mystery of not what happened to her but who did it.
So after Dane, Elle’s bf, is released from prison because of new evidence found in Elle’s case, he and Jo have to go face the death of his father. Dane really couldn’t care less and that is fine by me, but I would think most people would have some sort of reaction. Even if his father was terrible, abusive and turned his own son in for attempted murder. I feel like Dane should have some sort of remorse…even one panel. I think the comic just didn’t want to waste time going into such a small plot point, but I think it looks strange to just ignore it.
Elle is in her world of comatose patients and is starting to remember her life before the accident. She questions Dr. Crenshaw, who clearly has a lot more to do with her life than she thinks. The comic is making it look like Elle wanted to go to this place. For what reasons, we don’t know yet. I am assuming she is trying to solve some other mystery or got too close with the wrong people kind of deal. Elle has a badass side to her, which she shows in this issue. She pretty much torturers Crenshaw about the truth and clearly has tricks up her sleeve that she doesn’t even know about. Maybe Elle is the bad guy and everyone else is in the right. The comic does tell us not to trust anyone. Why even trust our main character then.
Right after all of this, we finally get some answers as to what is going on. Eddie Jr., Elle’s brother, wants to let Dane and Jo in on his little game. The hoodies, yes multiple people, all get unveiled to us. We still don’t get much information about what is going on with Elle, but we at least get more character development with her family. It seems Eddie may be doing all of this with good intentions. He also finds some case files of Crenshaw that show us some pretty interesting material.
Elle gets interrupted right when Crenshaw is going to say who her mother works for by more comatose patients wanting Elle to enter their body and say good-bye to their loved ones. They come out of nowhere so I don’t know if they are trying to help Crenshaw or if Elle has some mental issues. There is still lots going on and I hope I don’t have to wait as long to see the next issue come out.
Writer: Jim McCann Artist: Rodin Esquejo Publisher: Image Comics Price: $2.99 Release Date: 5/29/13