Nothing says you have overstepped the mark more than a sniper training his crosshair on your head. David Loren has pushed his bosses too far this time. He has always been trouble from day one. Yes, he is a genius, but a flawed one, at that. He has packed his bag full of his own creations to make his escape with Mirra Sway, using his tech to enable them to make it through the perimeter fence and, hopefully, on their way to freedom. This feels a little strange, though. At the start of issue #4, we see the target of the crosshair has changed to David’s tablet. They don’t want David dead. They fear the technology in it getting into the wrong hands. Matt Hawkins has developed a believable character in David Loren and the way he has written David’s thoughts as a sort of side story works really well. Rashan Ekedal’s art is lovely, simple, and clean. Sticking to ink really makes it stand out.
The bullet rips through David’s tablet. He realizes now that he wasn’t the target, as these guys never miss. David knows that his tech will always take preference over his life, as it’s the army way. His tablet was the key to their escape, but, in true genius form, he has a backup. David’s thought’s as the story progresses are as entertaining as the story itself, giving us an insight to the way the army and government work and all the money that they waste catering for the people further up the military ladder. Making their way across the base’s golf course and stealing a golf buggy, they head to the woods. David and Mirra are starting to build a strong relationship, as he realizes that she can actually handle herself in a crisis.
David knows what move the army will make even before they do, as he knows the army does everything by the book and never deviates from rules and regulations. This could be their downfall. Harrison boards a helicopter to pursue them, while APCs close in on the ground. A rifle shot takes out a tire on the buggy, throwing David and Mirra to the ground. They make it to a platform, with David saying they are now safe. Mirra looks on, puzzled, as they are surrounded. Mounted on the platform are several Metalstorm launchers. The system David worked on years previous, but with one difference: it’s a non-lethal version, as they are full of bean bags. Firing on the troops, they make their escape into the woods, out of the sight of the helicopter. David slips on his Chameleon Suit and disappears into the background, giving him cover to make his next move. He is controlling small heavily-armed drones that have their weapons pointed at the helicopter. He forces the helicopter to land and takes out its electrical systems with a pulse grenade and uses his drones to enable him and Mirra to escape over the wall.
Three weeks later, David and Mirra are enjoying life on a deserted beach, but they are being watched by General Jackson. She wanted him to escape, as the army now have several new pieces of tech in their hands, courtesy of David Loren. What’s worse, though, is the fact that Mirra has been working for them all along. David has been stitched up, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he actually knows.
A brilliant end to this particular story arc, as well as a really interesting and clever journey through the mind of a flawed genius. I anticipate another story full of twists and turns and, of course, more cool gadgets. This concluding issue gets a well-deserved 8/10.