"Interceptor #4" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Heavy Metal
Written by Donny Cates
Illustrated by Dylan Burnett
Colored by Dee Cunniffe
2016, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 6th, 2016
What's the point of bringing along of giant robot death suit if you're not going to use it? Poli finally puts on the Interceptor battle suit and takes the fight to the vampire city of New Wallachia. She plans to overthrow the corrupt vampire leader Matilda, but she has to slice and dice her way through hordes of vampires to do so. Seriously, the vast majority of this issue features a woman in a big robotic armor brutally slaughtering vampires. It would be like Voltron coming down from the heavens in the middle of 30 Days of Night and just laying waste to every pasty creature in sight. It's pretty awesome.
You should start reading this issue of Interceptor with your favorite metal song playing in the background. That's probably the only suitable soundtrack for the madness. Poli lands on the scene with fists flying and laser beams piercing the air. Heads and limbs go every which way. I'm pretty sure one guy's face just melts right off. Dylan Burnett has a number of large panels and a few double-page spreads that show this bloodshed in all its glory. You really get a sense of the interceptor suit's power with these big images.
I almost feel sorry for the vampires at a certain point. They are completely defenseless. Poli seems to be enjoying this a bit too. She shouts things like, “I do not come in peace,” and, “There is great need for alarm.” As if seeing a Transformer-esque robot tearing everyone's heads off is not your first clue. Good thing she spelled it out for everyone.
Throughout all this carnage, Poli is leaving a message for the President and the people back on Palus who sent her on this mission. Her words are heroic and inspiring, pointing out that these refugees that were stranded on planet Earth deserve to be brought back into the fold. They've been wronged by society once before and she's not going to let that happen again, even if it costs her her life.
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Once again, Dee Cunniffe's colors give you a sense of how dreary and dead this world has become. Humanity dumped its collection of nuclear weapons before fleeing the planet once and for all. The result is a dark place with a blood red sky. The one shining beacon in all this is the lighted cross on the interceptor suit's chest.
Of course, all paths of terror must eventually come to an end. If you were listening to that metal tune before, you're going to want to crank it up to eleven when Poli finally gets to her goal. This is where writer Donny Cates pulls the rug out from under you. You may think you know where this story is going, but you're in for some surprises that change everything. This issue ends with an awesome cliffhanger that could somehow lead to even more action-packed vampire-on-human battles.
Interceptor is the best comic featuring a giant robot suit destroying legions of vampires you'll read all year. It's pure, unbridled fun. It's a Michael Bay movie, but with a good story. Forget popcorn movies. This is popcorn comics.