Dave Galanter
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The Union 005

Just to be a completist, this'll be the 5th review of the 5th installment of the 5 issue mini. It was okay. The art was equally fun all 5 issues! Pretty typical wrap up in many ways. Britannia's returned was satisfying if understated. Basically the conclusion was open ended finish when it comes to the team status. All the new -and interesting- U.K. superhumans introduced are now 'out there' if any writer wants to use them. And hopefully some creative team will. How do YOU think this book succeeded or failed? Did YOU have a fave member and/or scene?


I miss Dad & Dan.

Overall, disappointing. In one way it reminded me of the Captain Britain and MI13 series, where the character that's more or less billed to carry the book is not played really being the most interesting to the story. Britannia who is hardly in the book and never seen before is portrayed as being this big deal hero who that everyone rallies around. It pretty much ignores that Union Jack's legacy goes back to WWI, was part of a WWI super-team, a WWII super team and the modern incarnation has served with multiple teams and for the government. He has also been the recipient of a spiritual force before as one of the Knights of Pendragon. Here, he's just played as kind of meh, fairing a little better than the Black Knight is in his book.

The other thing the book suffered from was a strong central plot. The first issue ties in to the current big event, but pretty much completely ignores that for the rest, introducing a different plot element in the 2nd issue. It just meanders, introduces characters without developing them or explaining them, and just adding more new ones as we go along. To the point that it feels like I am supposed to know who all these characters are from other books. Are we supposed to like or sympathize with the guy that is apparently like Syler from HEROES in that he kills superhumans in order to absorb their abilities, if only for a short while?

Lastly, almost every time a super-team is introduced this way via mini-series, unless there is a long range plan, this is more than likely the last time we'll see any of them apart from any title this writer is doing or the next time we need cannon fodder. Such as how there is no mention of Union Jack's other teams and teammates that he has worked with.

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