Vigilante #4

Story by
Art by
Rick Leonardi, John Stanisci
Colors by
David Baron
Letters by
Steve Wands
Cover by
DC Comics

Wolfman jumps into the "Deathtrap" and takes Vigilante and Leonardi with him. If you didn't read comics over a decade ago, and haven't been reading this run of "Vigilante" then that first sentence probably conjured up a completely different mental image for you. Draw it. Post it on your wall. Compare to this issue after I'm all done telling you about it.

Done? Good. The cover flies one of the weakest trade dress designs I've seen in a while, with the "Teen Titans" logo and the "Deathtrap" logo vying for attention above a scattered "Vigilante" logo, but the information is there. This is where "Deathtrap" starts. Or maybe it started with last week's "Titans". Honestly, I think it started a long time ago, like around "Titans Hunt," and I'm glad Wolfman's involved with whatever this story becomes.

What this issue was, however, was cliche and lackluster. After decades of writing the Titans, Wolfman turns in a weak performance from Donna Troy and Cyborg. The duo basically split up to allow the "wanted" Vigilante to escape from their tower -- a place he had no right to be in. The surrounding and interweaving subplots add a depth to the stories waiting for Vigilante to return from crossing over with the "Titans" books, but really didn't inspire me enough to hunt down previous issues.

Leonardi's work is strong, but not quite untouchable. In many panels, he relies on his style to finish the panel for him, playing up a strong composition. Baron's colors tend to be extremely bright in most cases, with greens, blues and reds being placed randomly and used excessively.

In all, this "Vigilante" title seems half-hearted this time around. There is a supporting cast, but they fail to jump from the page. The Vigilante character himself is less than compelling and his purpose is undefined. Confronted with a chance to snuff Jericho, a position that he relished earlier in the book, he inexplicably opts out.

The fumbling of Donna Troy and Cyborg by their most acclaimed writer is puzzling and adds to the perceived lack of effort. I'll continue on with this "Deathtrap" story, hoping for improvement, but it's far from a lock.

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