Clones, clones everywhere…and Arcade wants a slice of the action!
See, that’s why he’s kidnapped Mr Sinister, and Sinister is quite happy to provide…but Arcade feels he gave in too easily, so he’s going to torture him first anyway.
I’ve always found it hard to take Arcade seriously as a villain, he just never felt like a real threat in the past. He’s supposed to be a genius assassin, an experienced killer, but all of his plans fail, always. But here, finally, he seems dangerous…probably because he has Mr Sinister strapped to a table while he pulls teeth out of his mouth. It’s all very bloody. He’s also successfully blackmailing Mastermind to help him, because he has one of his daughters, and he’s set up an elaborate system to ensure that Mastermind doesn’t use his powers on him (and if he does his daughter dies). It’s an elaborate scheme, but that’s what Arcade’s supposed to be good at, and it’s refreshing to see him actually being good at it.
Oh, yeah, and I had been thinking “Isn’t Miss Locke dead?” But there’s a line in this which suggests that the Miss Locke in this might not actually be Miss Locke…so it’s good to know the creative team have been paying attention.
There’s a lot more to this issue than that, and it’s at times dark and at times funny…and at times darkly funny. Plus, you know, it has gorgeous art.