Midnight Sons Unlimited #4
Issue(s): Midnight Sons Unlimited #4
Anyway, at this point i don't care who writes it. Just finish this goddamn thing already.
We start by learning that there were ancient analogues to the Midnight Sons.
But then we jump into the big fight between the modern Sons and Zarathos & the Fallen. There's like a million characters and the Fallen for the most part are completely undeveloped, so it's not a very interesting fight. But it sure does fill pages.
Adding to the mess is "Strange", who decides to raise a skeletal army to help the good guys out.
Eventually some of the Fallen are weakened, and that causes Zarathos to call for a retreat. The good guys don't follow; after all, someone has to put Strange's undead army out of its misery.
The good guys then decide to go after another member of the Blood, called Foundry, to get info on Zarathos. She's in a jungle in South America. They find her...
...and she explains that she's a reluctant member of the Blood, forced to join after Zarathos killed her son. She says that the best way to defeat Zarathos is to defeat the Fallen, because he draws his powers from them. She's also forged a sword that can kill the Fallen, but it has to be tempered in Blood, with a capital B. Some of the Fallen eventually track the Sons to Foundry, and the Sons split up, most to defend Foundry while Blaze, Vengeance, and Strange go after Zarathos. Blade, with Foundry's permission, kills her to activate the sword, and he uses it to chop down the Fallen.
Zarathos is weakened, but it turns out he's not weakened enough. And that's because Embyrre, who switched sides, is still alive. She's still technically one of the Fallen. Morbius tries to kill her, but her father Raydar interferes. But he doesn't want his daughter to become a slave to Zarathos, so he goes to confront him, and gets killed. Morbius then convinces Embyrre to kill herself.
Zarathos still has some inherent power of his own...
...but the Midnight Sons are able to wear him out, and then Blade finishes the job with Foundry's blade. Zarathos turns into a statue.
Caretaker tries to get the Midnight Sons to stick together as a big super-group, and he's even got some armor for them. Frank Drake, who is fully human, is not allowed to join (and the remaining Darkhold Redeemers have already bowed out at this point. But the rest, i don't know, make a vow or something.
The characters will still continue on in their own books. Consolidating them into a Midnight Sons series might have made sense, though.
Anyway, it's all over no -- OMG, Lilith is back??! Noooo! NOOOOOOOOOOOO! WILL THIS EVER END?!?!
Actually, Lilith will not be seen again for years (the 2004 Witches series).
Ok, my overall review of this series:
Pros: Zarathos' design is pretty cool.
Cons: Everything else.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is the seventeenth and final part of Siege of Darkness. But there is an epilogue in Ghost Rider #46.
Crossover: Siege of Darkness
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAtrocity, Blade, Caretaker, Foundry (Blood), Frank Drake, Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Hannibal King, Lilith (Demon Mother), Metarchus, Morbius, Noble Kale, Patriarch, Sam Buchanan, Stacy Dolan, Strange, Vengeance, Victoria Montesi, Zarathos
One thing to note- Ghost Rider emerges from within Zarathos and weakens him- and at the end it's hinted Ghost Rider isn't dead. (Duh).
Posted by: Michael | March 27, 2017 11:58 PM
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