- The issue starts out with the short lived relationship between William and Eve coming to an end. It never made a whole lot of sense.
- And then moves quickly into another scene of Mark having to blow off Amber again. Though I’ll never really care about the character, I do find myself feeling bad for her in these issues. Mark pretty much comes off as the worst boyfriend ever for a long stretch of issues.
- Mark teams up with Titan to take on Machine Head. Titan actually makes some good points about how much more dangerous being a hero is than being a villain since the superheroes don’t usually try to kill anybody.
- We’re also introduced to some more recurring villains, the most notable of which is Battle Beast. Machine Head’s introduction of them is amusing but it’s hard to see anyone in a real situation like this taking time out to give introductory background on his team.
- It’s impressive how easily Battle Beast takes out Mark and later Bulletproof and Black Samson. He’s the first non-Viltrumite we see that is at that power level. It’s also funny that he’s just pissed that nobody can offer him a good enough challenge. “Today is not a good day.”
- And we find out that Titan is smarter than we thought as his plan to take over Machine Head’s territory works perfectly.
I wanna know the back story of Titan and Black Samson... This issue makes me think he may have tried the hero game with Samson and some point.
Thoughts after reading issue 20:
- First page is almost a full page splash of Eve. I think this is the issue that Ryan really starts to nail down her look.
- She tells Mark she’s moving to Africa to use her powers in a more useful way but she chickens out on telling him that she has feelings for him.
- Angstrom tells the Maulers that he’s discovered a dimension where there are no men and he’s going to have some fun. I wonder if this was a little wink to Y the Last Man?
- We get another shot of the running London gag as Mark’s graduation cap finally lands. I wonder if these scenes are as funny when you’re reading in singles and it’s harder to remember where things like the cap came from.
- I love the scene where Mark quickly moves his stuff into the dorm while William’s nagging him. That’s the kind of thing that would make superpowers really nice. Man I hate moving.
- The first appearance of DA Sinclair who will be an important character. We also get another appearance by one of his creations. And Mark “abandons” Amber when the Reaniman attacks. Seriously, from her point of view how does she not dump him?
It was mos def a nod to Y: The Last Man... I thought that right away.
And the Sky God's Chosen One is a subplot I still wonder about...