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The Culling is finally coming to an end. Its time to sit back and let thing's mend. Red-Robin agrees with me. Wonder Girl wants to have a wee. And Bunker just wants to find a nice friend. Just like the alternate creative team of Scott Lobdell, Tom Defalco, Ig Guara; plus Publisher: DC Comics in April 2012. Nice.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
This final part of 'The Culling' cross-over event, called 'If This Be Victory...!', reminds me of a packet of 'Liquorice All-sorts'. I can digest most of it, but there's one sweet in particular that leaves a bitter aftertaste.

  • You see, at the same time Doctor Caitlin Fairchild transport 'The Ravagers' to safety, both Red-Robin and Tryroc come up with a simple plan to get out of 'the Crucible'.
  • Now in theory their plan appears to be very simple all in all - while the Teen Titans battle Harvest in her domain, the Legion will overpower this futuristic tyrant's power core, and destroy her underground kingdom.
  • However, does this sound like a good plan to you? And if so, why does it not really sail as smoothly as both teams would have liked it to? I blame expectation myself. Plus the need for survival. BOOM!

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
During the battle between Harvest and the Teen Titans, and Harvest said...

"Why must you prolong the inevitable? No matter how much you struggle against it, your destiny is to serve me!"

... I could not help but chuckle when Bart replied back to him with "Only if you want fries". Ha! I'm starting to think me and this speed-freak are related!

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Overall I found that there was a lot to like about this conclusion. Such as (1) I got a big kick out of seeing Caitlin Fairchild in the DCnU, because I have been a fan of hers since her 'Gen 13' days. (2) I enjoyed the simple manner in which this story plodded along on its merry way, and I easily coped with the amount of characters on show. Now this is not a simple thing to convey for many creative teams. Good on you guys. And (3) I thought the interaction between the characters worked very well myself, because each of the cast had a panel or three to convey who they are.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
I was not that keen about Skitters disappearance within this tale - it seemed overtly inserted in the proceedings just to add an air of mystery to the conclusion. Plus I am not too sure about the ending as of yet either - it came across too open-ended, appearing like a 'To be continued elsewhere' rather than a 'The End'.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: In an overt way the most original thing to come out of this 'event' would be it's by-product - or in this case - the Ravagers. For me, mixing Gar, Terra, Caitlin, Thunder, Lightning, and this Ridge chap, all into one group together, is a very intriguing idea. However, I am not too sure if their new title would be able to last very long in this very competitive comic book market.

Please note, I not trying to imply that it would not be a good read. I'm sure that I would like it a lot - just like I did 'Gen 13'. It's just in the past  many other attempts at publishing a 'Gen 13' type book did not really work.

ART: Now I really do like Brett Booth work on this title. In my opinion it's some of his best work he's produced since his time on Image. But, if he ever does think of leaving this book and going somewhere else (Flash maybe?), I would be very happy for Ig Guara to be his new replacement.

Like Brett, Ig has a bold and vibrant style to his art, and is able to illustrate both the cinematic and the personal very well indeed.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
CAITLIN: OK, I have to confess, I wanted to say Christina Hendricks would be a great match for this cleaver powerhouse. But I have used Christina too many times lately (blush!). Plus I do feel that 'Enchanted' star, Amy Adams, has that cleaver yet pretty vibe to her that does not distract too much.  

TERRA: I always felt that Terra had an almost bitter sweet attitude about her, making her a character that you either love or hate. In fact, in many ways this stance reminds of the madam of musical meat-dresses, Lady Gaga. Bingo!

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
When In Doubt, Don't Fear --- RUN AWAY!!!!!!

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
OK, so in an inadvertent fashion, this is a tale about how a group of hero's penetrate an underground lair and free themselves and other hostages. Correct? Therefore, from my own warped perception, the Bruce Lee film 'EnterThe Dragon' would make a good match.

Works for me!

FINAL thoughts...
At the end of many cross-over events, I sit myself down and surmise "What was the point of that?". Well, sometimes these 'grand scenarios' need to have a justifiable reason to take place. Correct?

So what did I come up with? Huh? More money for DC? The introduction of 'The Ravagers'? What about the desolation of mankind wrapped around a sesame seed bun? Yeah.Yeah. And why not.

Moreover, I would just like to say that some stories have a way of finding themselves within a tale, and are all the more special when they are unsuspected and surprising. That is what I liked most about 'The Culling' compared to some of the other cross-over events'. The shocks. Everything else was the same fun-fun-fun.

MARKS out of 10? 8.5