Writer: Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart / Artist: Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Heather Danforth / Image Comics
It’s present day in Nova Honda and, after a quick flashback to learn more about Crush’s origins, we are launched into a dystopian future where Lola is dating another woman. Also, Crush is highly illegal, the mafia runs the city, and crackdowns lead to state-sanctioned violence and abuse, but… Lola is dating another woman. Damn near a doppelganger, too. I mean, my girl definitely has a type. Anyhow, after Domino OD’d on crush and was thrust 2 years into the future, a lot changed, and this issue begins a re-introduction to our established world and what it meant for the characters we love in Domino’s absence.
The previous issue, Motor Crush #6, was successful in endearing us to Sully after learning more of his past, so between he and Lola we have a strong supporting roster that drives the emotion behind Domino’s more obvious predicament of having traveled through time and running low on the substance that keeps her alive. Both those elements will come into play, but it’s a damn good issue when you realize Domino’s relationships are a higher concern to readers than the actual mystery and sci-fi plot line. You want to know what happened, but mostly to the extent it informs what it means for Domino, Sully, and Lola.
The open-ended storylines have become a trademark of this creative team as readers jump from one mystery to another, only to be reminded later of the other mysteries still outstanding, a literary game of connecting dots and closing loops a little at a time. And artistically, this issue shines the way we’ve come to expect, this time even without a motorcycle chase or significant action scene, just emotion. A whole lot of emotion.
Overall, the second arc of Motor Crush is finding a way to outdo the first. Fast, fun, emotion-filled and inclusive – this comic is one hell of an accomplishment.
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