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There once was a beast called Crux. Who always looked better in a tux. But then one day, to his dismay, Kory swapped it for a pond full of ducks. OK, I have to be honest with you, this parable does not play out in this manner, just ask Writer: Scott Lobdell; Artist: Kenneth Rocafort; and Publisher: DC Comics in January 2012.

So what’s the story morning glory?
‘Come Fly With Me, Come Die, Just Die Away’ is a dual tale relating to two factions of this outlaw team. Plus, there is an additional two questions posed at the end of this story, just because the writer likes to piss about with his readers.

Part One – Kory – Whist waiting for Roy and Jason from afar, Kory is suddenly attacked by a human / alien hybrid called Crux. Now the reasons behind his attack, is because Crux's parents were inadvertently killed by an Alien space cruiser. Moreover, with the wealth and knowledge that they left Crux due to their demise, he was then able to transform himself into this ‘beast’, and develop Tamaranean technology to ‘de-power’ Kory – leaving her wilting in the snow. 

Part Two – Roy and Jason – You would have thought it bad enough that Roy and Jason are arrested for getting into a bar fight, but worst still, is that the arresting officer is the person whom they are looking for all along – the Unknown. Thankfully, though, Roy’s arrows are able to subdue this malevolent threat momentarily, thus giving them the opportunity to distance themselves from their opponent.

Question – (1) Why does Kory say the name ‘Richard’ before she passes out? (2) With Roy running off to check up on Kory, will Jason be able to fight ‘the Unknown’ alone?

What is the most memorable sentence spoken in this issue?
There were two sentences that got me ‘going’ in this issue. The first one was when Roy and the Barmaid has a bit of banter – her saying ‘You sure I can’t get you anything harder’ – and him saying ‘Funny, I was going to ask you the same’. And the second one was when Kory said ‘Richard’ before she passed out in the snow.

Both class lines – and both for completely different reasons.

Was the story any good?
Yes – I enjoyed this issue a lot. For a start, it was nice how the two strands of this tale had a similar tone at certain points in their telling – very synergistic. Next, I would have to say, that, as ever, I liked the personality that this issue brings along with it – very tongue and cheek yet charming at the same time. And finally, I liked how writer, Scott Lobdell, appeared to try to do something different with this segment of his story – that was very refreshing indeed.

Was the art any good?
Yes-A-Roonie – artist, Kenneth (get ready to) Rocafort, does draw a very dynamic comic book. He is able to blend character and style into each of his panels, whilst at the same time making things appear very clean looking in retrospect.

Though, my only niggle with this issue, is why does Crux look like a green version of man-bat, and have a similar slated origin as him too? Just swap the alien-angle with a bat-angle.

What is the best thing about this issue?
I liked the opening scene between Roy and Jason. Personally speaking, I do enjoy the dynamic between these two characters, plus, I find it pithy that whenever these two are together, some gal comes into the picture as well.

But this ‘girl thing’ is starting to become a bit repetitive I am afraid to say – this one was fun though.

What is the worst thing about this issue?
As opposed to the Roy and Jason section in this comic book, I did find that the Kory and Crux section did not have such a personable manner. In essence, this was a big fight scene in between an ‘origin’ recap, and the only good thing about it was the way it ended – ‘Richard’.

If you could sum up this issue in a phrase or saying, what would that phrase or saying be?
British television presenters, ‘Ant and Dec’, did a pop-song some time ago called ‘Lets Get Ready to Rumble’ – appropriate don’t you think?

If this issue were a movie, an object, or a piece of music, what would that be and why? 
OK, so this comic is bright, funny, mysterious, it involves two fight scenes, and has a cliffhanger that is left up in the air. So what about ‘The Way You Move’ by the Bodyrockers?

What do you think would have made this issue better than it was?
I would have liked Kory to be a little more relatable in this story – because she does feel a bit ‘stagnant’ compared to ‘the boys’. Also, as I said before, it was slightly off-putting how Crux looked like a green man-bat. 

Final thoughts...
My God, what a great comic book! Please don’t stop ‘pissing about’ Scott, because you have a nice way of injecting personality and pathos into your story’s, which does come across as being very personable and dynamic to the reader.

Kory needs improvement though. 

Marks out of 10? 8.5

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