My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Fake out guest stars seem to be something of a feature of this series as the cover promises an appearance by Nick Fury that doesn’t really happen. But then that’s really the theme of this issue as nothing is really what it seems as the not very interesting villain, Hotspur, continues to play with everyone’s mins. But in a somewhat unfortunate twist the only way to defeat him seems to be to play with the mind of the already fragile Cloud.
This issue isn’t exactly bad but you spend a lot of it wondering what the heck is going on and while that’s by design it doesn’t really make for a fun read. I see what Gillis was trying to do here but he doesn’t quite pull it off, which is a bit of a shame.
The art by Don Perlin is as solid as ever, but the highlight here is the excellent cover by Frank Cirocco.
Hopefully things will improve in the nest issue, which promises to reveal the origins of Cloud.