By Sterling Gates (writer), Federico Dallocchio (art and color)
The Story: Prometheus fans rejoice! Following Martian Manhunter’s death at the hands of Libra, the mental blocks trapping Prometheus within his mind are shattered, and he awakens to find himself imprisoned in Blackgate Penitentiary. If Prometheus has been catatonic for the last two years though, then who’s been running around committing petty crimes in his name? Prometheus wants answers, and he doesn’t care who he has to kill to get them.
The Good: This is a perfect example of a great “Faces of Evil” issue. This is a story about the villain, told from the villain’s point of view, and it isn’t afraid to pull any punches. I was an immediate fan of this character ever since Grant Morrison introduced him in JLA, and I am so happy to see DC bring him back into the spotlight. Gates does an outstanding job recapping the history and motivation of Prometheus while at the same time advancing the plot; and if DC were to ever consider an ongoing Prometheus series, I hope they tap him to do the job.
The Not So Good: While I admire him for handling the art and colors on this issue, I wasn’t quite impressed with Dallocchio’s art here. It’s not crap by any means, mind you. I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I was looking at the art of a poor man’s Jae Lee.
Conclusion: With Final Crisis coming to its cataclysmic conclusion and “Faces of Evil” in full swing, this was absolutely the right time for Prometheus to make his return to the DCU, and I for one couldn’t be happier. Welcome back, you sick bastard.