Is Parker’s intent to make me cry, to weep for this brilliant comic book in its second-to-last issue of the ongoing? Because he’s close to successful. I mean, wow. Parker turns in maybe the best “team” book issue I can remember reading here. It’s a perfect comic book (even if the coloring on Hardman’s art is a little problematic in the darker scenes).
Let’s see, Parker gets in a lot of story (he even introduces a new subplot, which is kind of mean, given there’s only one more issue), with the threat of the Jade Claw being a big thing, but there’s also lots of character stuff. The comic’s separated into chapters and when it gets to Bob’s (titled “The Smart Guy”), it’s devastating how much is being put on him, and Parker’s showing it to us, even though Bob doesn’t say a word the entire time.
Terror of the Jade Claw, Part Two; writer, Jeff Parker; artists, Gabriel Hardman and Paul Rivoche; colorist, Elizabeth Dismang Breitweiser; letterer, Tom Orzechowski; editors, Nathan Cosby and Mark Paniccia; publisher, Marvel Comics.