I’m thinking this might become Manhunter Mondays or some such [sorry for posting this so late! -editor], seeing as I have become embroiled in the crusade to keep this book going. “Manhunter” #33 picks up from the events in the previous issue. What’s that you say? What happened previously?
Previously in “Manhunter” (I picture that being read by Morgan Freeman for some reason), Kate (Manhunter) Spencer went looking for clues to the disappearance of a cousin of one of her co-workers. The cousin, it turns out is yet another in the string of Ciudad Juarez murders. Against the recommendation of DEO Director Bones, Manhunter proceeds into the area seeking answers to the mystery surrounding Juarez. This issue finds Kate in the heart of a pharmaceutical company with metahuman protectors.
Kate’s cast is brilliant and star-crossed. Among them are Sandra (Phantom Lady) Knight and Iron Munro -â€” Kate’s grandparents on her paternal side who are currently caring for Ramsey, Kate’s son. Ramsey is the proverbial apple who hasn’t fallen far from the family tree and, without spoiling the scene completely â€”- even though Andreyko forecasts it in the book — encounters a startling revelation in this issue while accompanied by his oddly androidal (yeah, I did make that word up, but it flowed better than “android-like”) pooch, Thor. Oracle -â€” project coordinator of the Birds of Prey and frequent collaborator with Manhunter â€”- makes an appearance, as does Kate’s weapons guy Dylan Battles, whose past comes calling in this issue.
Andreyko continues to make this book a gritty and believable page-turner, packed with nods and winks that touch on disparate realms of the DCU. Topping it all off is the cherry of a final splash page. Having forgotten what was solicited in the next issue, when I hit that last page I was quite pleased, indeed.
Gaydos’ work here is as solid as previous and this is the third issue in which his art has graced the page, so consistency is building and Gaydos is smoothing the mortar. Ramsey’s interlude puts Gaydos’ workmanship on full display. I challenge any reader to check out the five pages featuring Ramsey and not be impressed. Many an artist nowadays could stand to work alongside Gaydos and take notes on consistency and composition.
Of course, the book has also enjoyed the consistency of Jose Villarrubia on colors. His choices are never out of place and often quite “basic”, but combined with Gaydos’ linework, the art takes on an almost cinematic quality, as though stills have been yanked from the celluloid of the “Manhunter” film.
This book continues to impress me and I think, if given a chance, it will provide an enjoyable read for fans of the DCU, new and seasoned.