Hello everyone, Kiva here and if its cheesy, I love it. And of course since the newest issue of Sonic Universe has come out, of course I had to review it. The first two issues impressed me, let's see if it can continue that trend.
So we see Eggman in his drill vehicle fall into some lava below (seriously, why did you build it over a lava pool, Eggy) but he gets saved in time by Axel the Water Buffalo. Once taking care of that Dark Gaia monster, Eggman asks why Axel saved him, since he knows most of his minions hate him. Axel brings a speech about honor and being part of something bullcrap, but we all know the real reason he did. Mandates and plot armor!
Eggman tries to check in with his other minions, who are not doing great. Ahklut is fighting with Tundra, Clove appears as she is going to cut down Thunderbolt, Nephthys and Maw are occupied with badniks, and while Lord Hood cowers, Conquering Storm has discovered that going LEROY JENKINS on a trio of Mobians enhanced with the power of a destructive god of darkness is a bad idea. (you'd thought she'd be smarter then that but oh well).
Abyss tries to shut down the backup generator while Lord Battle Chicken is taking care of some dark gaia creature. Since Abyss can't get it to shut down, the Battle Lord says: 'screw it', brings out his half-silly, half-scary rape face and just bombs the whole shebang. When asked what exactly he is by Abyss, Battle Lord calls himself perfection. Yeah, his idea of perfections breaks his mirrors every morning by staring into it.
But Storm and hood still are in trouble against the sooped up Witchcarters which makes Eggman realize Ahklut and Tundra are probably fighting. We learn Ahklut still is psychic and Tundra has an ice breath. But they get broken up when Eggman contacts them, steals Axel's speech and then threatens to turn them and their units into statues forever if they don't shut up. They reluctantly do what they're told.
That makes sure that the Witchcarters lose their power and make them easily disposed off by Conquering Storm and hood. Lord hood also reveals that the Witchcarters are not willing minions of Wendy, and are actually mind-controlled. He knows that from files Eggman had sent them, but Conquering Storm has skimmed that one. You know, Conquering Storm seems less smart after the reboot. Anyhow, Hood uses his own powers to break the mind control of the Witchcarters, and the trio vows revenge on Wendy for controlling them like puppets.
Then we cut to Clove and Thunderbolt. Clove actually doesn't stoop to Ahklut's level and frees Thunderbolt from her mech suit before its crushed by the traps and the two escape the death traps. Clove then manages to use her smart talking to trick Thunderbolt into thinking she is loyal to Eggman, but is too shy to admit and that Thunderbolt is more deserving of the praise; Clove is great, she's probably the smartest and most reasonable of the new Grandmasters.
Then we cut to Nephthys and Maw. While Nephthys takes out the control tower, Maw shows us his special power...by firing something out of his maw. This may vaporize the badniks, I think, but Maw's dialogue afterwards leaves it vague on if he actually destroyed them or not. The dialogue is also revealed that those badniks are still powered by tiny animals so if he did vaporize them, Maw really has gone hardcore...eep!
Then we get a moment with the naugus twins. We also learn where the 'ixis' in Ixis Naugus' name went to after the reboot. It went off on his own to become a troll god in the new timeline. Not the weirdest thing that happened to naugus in the reboot. So naugus thought that Dark Gaia was actually the god Ixis, and his sister calls him out on the stupidity, certainly because the world splitting apart should have been a clue. They then argue about their opposing views on technology and Eggman: Naugus hates them both, Wendy sees technology as tools much like wands and totems and does't mind Eggman, only helping her brother because he's family.
This is interesting how they are portrayed. Like actual siblings they clearly annoy and insult each other, but they help each other in times of needs. Kudos. Anyhow, the two find that the power, the backup, the defenses, the mindlink and the control signal are all down.
Eggman then shows his face, joining him all of his Grandmasters and the ticked off witchcarters. He prepares to bring a beatdown upon them, but the twins are not done. They can still control some of the badniks, Wendy takes control of the Witchcarters again (yeah Eggman, you should have given them some protection) and they reveal they have turned Metal Sonic into Crystal Sonic.
One: that sounds like an illegal substance. Two: Crystal Sonic looks weird, like Metal Sonic is covered in some icy frosting.
Anyhow this issue was pretty great. I like the grandmaster interactions, I like the interactions between the naugus twins...I liked the reveal of some of the abilities of various characters. There are some small beefs like Eggman's idiocy of some of the Grandmaster pairups and not thinking to have the Witchcarters re-controlled but in the long run those are mere nitpicks.
The only real gripe is this issue feels to short! Because of these four-issue formats this storyline has to be cut short at points! Why couldn't this arc be a six-parter or more? This story is great as it is, but it would really benefit from a more detailed storytelling.
Anyhow, I still think this issue deserves five stars out of five. A real joy to read and I hope the final issue of the arc is going to end this on a high note. This is Kiva, signing out.