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Action Comics #885

Action Comics #885

Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 13, 2010

Cover date: March 2010

"Divine Spark" - Part Three

Writer: Greg Rucka with Eric Trautmann
Penciller: Pere Perez
Inker: Pere Perez
Cover: Cafu

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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We continue directly from Triangle #22, Mon-El & the Science Police arrive at S.T.A.R Labs and confront Thara and Chris. The Science Police take them into custody and remove the age inhibitor until they can fathom its purpose. They also search the labs and interrogate Dr. Pillings. Romundi, a Sci Pol officer who is secretly Car Vex a fellow sleeper agent asks Pillings if the rumors surrounding Thara and Chris are true so she can report back to Ursa.

Pillings doesn't let on about his discoveries and sends Car Vex on her way. Chris and Thara are taken to Sci Pol headquarters and placed in a red sun prison cell. Guardian is frosty - no matter what they say the duo are still illegal immigrants and should go back to New Krypton - regardless of Zod's execution order. Chris, still a bit hazy on the law asks if they're entitled to a phone call - and calls his mom.

Meanwhile Car Vex proves to be a double agent, she feeds info to 7734 and promptly sets in motion a sunstone bomb and detonator ready to cause havoc. Lois arrives and helps Guardian and the others realize more about Ral Dar - The Patriot, and the sleeper agent mission. General Lane arrives and interrupts the chat along with his new personally selected Squad K.

The General's attitude, coupled with Mon and Lois' belief in Thara and Chris finally gets through to the Guardian, and just as the Squad are about to apprehend the lovers Jim shuts off the Red Sun generators. Fully powered the trio of Mon Thara and Chris make short work of Squad K. Thara orders Guardian to evacuate, but it's too late.

Car Vex activates the bomb and pulls General Lane out of harms way. The Sci Pol base crumbles from the explosive force...

To Be Continued...

4Story - 4: What we've known since pretty much the 3rd Triangle chapter has finally started to become a solid story - it gets a 4 because of progression - nothing more. The rest of the book was rather sloppily thrown together. Dr. Light vanishes? The age inhibitor which we were told should never ever be removed - is - and Chris doesn't age again? Chris and Thara KNOW the sleeper agents, they failed to identify Jax Ur last issue and Car Vex this one... And the three agents they've captured? One was assassinated by Ursa, and two were kidnapped - so no this duo on a covert mission have NOT A) been covert or B) successful at anything yet. Like I said - a 4 for keeping the story moving forward.

4Art - 4: The artwork continues to deliver a solid visual, conveying action and emotion very well. The inconsistencies in the story do detract from the art. We notice it less the worse the story gets and that's very unfair to Perez.

3Cover Art - 3: More big mouths! More shouting, more shooting at nothing.

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