Manhunter #4: Unleashed
by Marc Andreyko, Javier Pina (DC Comics, 2008)

The bungled Dr. Psycho storyline, in which former prosecutor Kate Spencer finds herself defending a deranged master criminal, comes mercifully to an end.

Series creator Marc Andreyko makes better use of Kate's inexplicable change in careers by putting her to work defending Wonder Woman for the murder of Maxwell Lord. It's not a bad arc, but I can't help but think there was better grist for a story about Kate having to prosecute Wonder Woman. Wouldn't that have been something? Well, we'll never know.

In other news, Blue Beetle is alive and well once more -- or is he? Of course not, but it seems like rumors of his sudden return from the dead have been mined to their fullest potential. Meanwhile, federal agent Cameron Chase goes alone after the villain who kidnapped her sister, and Manhunter sidekick Dylan Battles -- who loves Cameron despite herself -- goes all manly to help her.

The Manhunter series is perpetually in danger of cancellation, and -- as much as I like this character -- I can see why. There are a few too many missteps in plotting to make this the cutting-edge book it should be; Andreyko needs to figure out who Kate Spencer really is before he continues trying to tell her story.

I really hope he does.

review by
Tom Knapp

30 August 2008

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