At the end of issue #3, Luna was dealt a severe body blow when she discovered that her arch enemy, Lala Wah-Wah, is actually her sister, Nana. Luna loved her sister, but was jealous of her beauty. That was all leveled out when the virus from outer space struck them and their friends. They were now all the same, with faces full of blisters and sores and various mutating powers. This was the time they formed The Atomics. Fighting crime in Snap City, Luna became It Girl, while Nana became Lava Lass. All was good, until Nana was killed accidentally during a robbery by The Skunk. We found out last issue that Nana wasn’t dead. She was, in fact, buried, but barely alive. She had been moved through space and time to enable her to come back to life. A nice tie-in to the story is the fact that she has been fighting her sister all through the story in her computer game, but Luna hadn’t realized it. James S. Rich has created a colorful and entertaining storyline, which has taken a slightly dark twist with the revelations of issue #3. Mike Norton has brought our gang of superheroes and villains to life with simple, but very colorful, frames throughout, which suits the story perfectly.
Nana was jealous of Luna, too, as she says she tried everything to keep her from coming out of her mother’s tummy. I think Nana has an axe to grind with her sister for taking the limelight away from her and The Skunk for supposedly killing her. As the sisters fight, Luna relays sound and vision back to the rest of the Atomics. Dr. Flem uses his transportation device and brings them both back to the lab. Doubts arise about Nana being Luna’s real sister and Dr. Flem needs DNA proof. After testing Nana, they decide she is a 100% match to Luna, but, again, that’s questioned, as a video of the real Nana and Sleek is beamed from outer space. It all becomes clear when Nana explains that there are many incarnations of her. One real and others that are fragments of reality, all with different personas. Tears in space and time had allowed Nana to appear in Luna’s video game. The version of Nana detained in the lab is the one that hates her sister and she is out to kill her.
Nana breaks free from her restraints, causing an electrical disturbance in the lab. As the charge builds, Luna grabs some copper cable and heads straight at her sister. As they clash, they are both transported across dimensions and into the video game. This is where Nana is at her strongest and she has her sister exactly where she wants her. A good addition to this issue is a side story that runs through, showing both sisters as kids and how they clashed constantly during their early lives. Nana was always a bully, but, in the odd occasion, Luna could hold her own. I hope she can this time, as she has her work cut out.
I loved this issue, as I could relate to it. As I live in a house with two sisters and can see the direction that James S. Rich was taking it, I can say that he got it spot on. This story arc ends with the next issue. It should be an explosive ending and one I’m looking forward to. 8/10, again.