Writers: Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart / Artist: Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Heather Danforth / Image Comics
We back in Nova Honda, no Civic. Back on our speedsters, no Barry Allen. Back on our Crush, no Alicia Silverstone, but all backstory as the series hits rewind and builds a history behind the World Grand Prix and the invention of the engine stimulant that energizes this series. Motor Crush #6 begins and ends in the past and informs several of readers’ questions in the series and a few we didn’t even know we had. It’s a great telling of backstory, and a great time for it – just as readers began to itch for a deeper glimpse into the future following the twist ending of Motor Crush #5, we instead first build a better understanding of the past.
The star of this issue is not Domino herself, but rather Sullivan, her father, who drives the issue and lends his decisions and circumstances to the larger history of crush. Domino plays a pivotal role but has more happen to her than taking her own action, setting Sully as the temporary protagonist whose actions – along with a new, interesting character in her own right – help set the trajectory of the modern Nova Honda. The artwork is fun, well-paced, and imaginatively colored, but perhaps the comic’s greatest strength is its perpetual sense of conflict. There’s never a long moment of wondering where the story is headed or a lull of entertainment as the stage is set for the larger payoff because there are always mini conflicts, scene after scene, that, combined, inform the larger story. Each scene has its own tension, and that way, the world isn’t only built on a strong foundation, but has exposition that sneaks in almost unnoticed.
Overall, Motor Crush #6 does well by connecting us further to those close to Domino, to see how much they love her, making us love her even more. We’re back on our Domino, no X-Force, but this one’s all about Sully. For now. And I’m more than happy with that. (Sullivan, no Tom Hanks).
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