In our review of Fire Power #29… After the high cost of the Battle of Chicago, the dragon is not dead but merely wounded forcing the defenders of humanity to again face off with the demon serpent but now they may have more power.
Title: Fire Power #29
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Chris Samnee
Color Artist: Matt Wilson
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Cover Artist: Chri Samnee and Matt Wilson
Variant Covers: Cory Walker and Matheus Lopes
Editor: Amanda LaFranco
This review contains spoilers
Fire Power #29 – The Story
Fire Power #29 begins as the Johnson family grieves over the death of Owen’s father, the scientist studies the body of the fallen dragon. The dragon wakes up and retreats to heal from its wounds. The Johnson family goes to interrogate Master Shaw.
Shaw, who is insane, declares that no one can hold the serpent’s will. Suddenly, the snakes leave Shaw’s body and attack the holders of the Fire Power. They defeat the snakes, freeing Shaw. As he ages before their eyes he tells Gotham that the dragon cannot be killed, only contained. The defenders prepare to hunt the now wounded dragon leaving Ma with Shaw.
Ma asks him about the fire power and why he cannot access it. Shaw tells him he obtained the power by a path of fear, disintegrating in front of Ma. In the air Owen questions Ma about his time with Shaw and then checks on his kids. The plane finds th3 dragon and the holders of the Fire Power jump out to engage the dragon. All attack and suddenly a green yellow fireball erupts past them and hits the dragon leaving a lot of damage. It is revealed that Ma generated and threw the fireball, he has joined the battle.
Artistically and storytelling wise this comic is unique. Not only is it not technically a superhero book but a book steeped in martial arts and mysticism but it is known to have sequences with no dialog or captions in it. This book lets the art tell the story and the action sequences are separated by using this silent method. These sequences are very powerful and this issue is no different. The detail of the art showing the damage to the dragon is very striking. The green yellow fireball is shown as burning off scales.
It is sometimes hard to distinguish the genders of the characters. Kellie for example is drawn very masculine with her hair style and even facial features that look like the mail characters. The only difference is her lips are drawn a little larger and usually has a hint of color in them. This however is not always a bad thing but it can he hard to see who is doing the talking when there is dialogue.
I do appreciate that the threat is not glossed over. There is true loss here, the Johnson grandfather is burned to a crisp. The dragon killed the patriarch of the family but I do appreciate that the grandmother was spared. It allowed the small family scene when Owen tells his mother that his kids have to take part in the fight and cannot stay back in her care.
The kids are shown realistically. This is highlighted in the previous issue that was told in letters Doug wrote to his grandparents. The kids do see the cost of failure and they are brave in their reaction, but their fear is also shown. Both the daughter and the son have their moments of excitement, fear, sorrow, and determination. They are written as they are, forced into this battle. All they want is normalcy and the longer this story takes, the more they and their parents realize that there has to be a new normal.
This is the theme of the entire story, starting with the first issue. Owen is trying to find normalcy and his extraordinary past keeps catching up with him, forcing him to confront his past and even accepting it.
This issue is not a disappointment. It continues the unique story telling of showing until it is necessary to use words. The family dynamic of the main characters continued to be explored pointedly as well as honesty. There is jealousy, passion, and understanding throughout this story. The issue ends as the others do with a great tag to demand the reader to continue this story. Sometimes it is a cliffhanger and sometimes it is a reveal. This issue is the reveal of Ma’s power.
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