In true Stan Lee fashion, you should get caught up on the deal: an ancient organization fields some of the best trained, most skilled clandestine operatives in the world called Holders and Keepers to protect seven suitcases, each holding a secret that cannot be revealed to the world.
Last issue, the protagonist Caspar (son of a Holder and a Keeper forbidden to keep him) completed his training and became the latest Holder to join their numbers after his father's death. The only problem is that a mysterious man called Amon (no, not Noatak, the blood bending cult leader who terrorized Republic City) has led an organization called the Seekers (no, not Starscream and the Decepticon air group) to invade, intent on seizing the secrets.
Writer Tom Taylor has created a wonderful dance of disparate and desperate parties focused on a MacGuffin that, honestly, should likely never be made clear. There's a shocking standoff scene with a revelation that deepens the stakes for the players involved, and that's nice to see too. Likewise, the high powered artwork from Daniele Di Nicuolo, Walter Baiamonte, Joan Moldez Oday, and Ed Dukeshire doesn't get too in-depth with its global locales but presents these panels in such a striking, unexpected fashion that the moments they depict draw in the reader. As well, they have a great sense of how to make an action scene really pop, with great facial expressions and fight scenes. Overall, there is a relentless application of craft that gives Seven Secrets #4 such a mythic, effective feel.
Every single issue of this series so far has been top-notch, and Seven Secrets #4 shows that the trend doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. RATING: BUY.
Caspar has completed his training, but now the real test begins as The Order is under attack by an enemy desperate to take control of the Seven Secrets and reshape the world in their image. * But as the Holders and Keepers come together to fight back, it may turn out they've played right into the enemy's hands…
Hannibal Tabu is a writer, journalist, DJ, poet and designer living in south Los Angeles with his wife and children. He's a winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt, winner of the 2018-2019 Cultural Trailblazer award from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, his weekly comic book review column THE BUY PILE can be found on iHeartRadio's Nerd-O-Rama podcast, his reviews can be found on BleedingCool.com, and more information can be found at his website, www.hannibaltabu.com.
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