Previously in issue #2
So here we go! Birthright # 3 finds our family on the lam! After a standoff in the police station, the Rhodes family is on the run from the law. Choices will have to be made and lines will be crossed. And what horrors did Mikey survive while he was away?
The issue starts right were we left off in book two and Mikey is breaking out. The comic panel of him doing his best impression of Han Solo and Chewbacca on the Death Star in “A New Hope” is spectacular! I can only imagine what the police officers he is running toward are thinking as the sword wilding warrior makes his charge.
As Mikey, Brennan, and Aaron break out, Wendy has to make a choice:, will she go with her family or disbelieve what she knows is true in her heart. Both Williamson’s writing and Bressan’s art does a phenomenal job illustrating the hurt both Wendy and Mikey feel with the choice she makes, as well as the, “I am so done with you” attitude Aaron gives Wendy.
On Terrenos, we find “past” Mikey trudging through the snow trying to get back home after getting his feelings hurt, see the previous issue. Rya, Rook’s sidekick, is able to find him, but other things do as well. And not good things either. One is King Lore’s right hand gal, Kallista. We see that she is not one to be messed with as she dispatches with the other bad thing: a badass hellhound like creature – at least that is what I am calling it. We also find out some enlightening information dealing with what could have happened between King Lore and Mikey. King Lore infects people with the “nevermind” which allows him to always be present with a person. It can also help him to guide the “corrupted” person as well.
Lastly, back on Earth we find out that Mikey is here to find five “war criminals” who have escaped Terrenos. Their presence on Earth has supposedly created a rip between worlds that brings Earth and Terrenos closer together. I am assuming that is bad thing. I would not want one of those big hellhounds running around my neighborhood.
This was a great issue and so far this book has not disappointed. The usual trope in a story, of trust and mistrust, are flipped on its head when it’s a mother that fails to recognize and support her son in his time of need. Surprisingly it’s a father who chooses to follow his heart and sees his son regardless of what his eyes may be telling him (i.e. Conan the Barbarian has replaced his pre-pubescent son). The flow of the book is perfect and fits the back and forth format of moving from Earth to Terrenos. We are also given more information as to why Mikey has come back and what he has to do to save the Earth, or so he would like us to believe.