This issue continues from the last with Emma under the control of the new Hellfire Club and Steed in a struggle to save his partner. Fans of the TV series might remember part of this story from a black and white episode of the Avengers called “A Touch of Brimstone” when Emma is brainwashed by the Hellfire Club and is named the Queen of Sin. Steed finds a way to break her free, then a battle between two of the world’s greatest spies and the Hellfire Club emerges. Steed and Peel discover that the nuclear attack that hit London was a hoax and the Hellfire Club goal was to used it to take control of London. Another plus with this issue is how unlikeable the villains are depicted. While reading this issue I kept waiting for Steed and Peel to get their revenge on the arrogant new Hellfire Club. Sometimes it’s good to have clear-cut bad guys versus good guys in a story.
Waid and Monroe do an excellent job capturing the relationship between Steed and Peel with the dialogue. Although they are not a couple, there is a very subtle romantic atmosphere surrounding the two that really pays tribute to the television series. Will Sliney’s art may not be what many would consider great, but it certainly is different from other artist out there. The flat, two-dimensional characters give the book a retro look which I really like and thinks it fits well with this type of story. My only complaint is I would like for him to capture the look of the actors from the original series more often, but that’s just a nitpick.
For someone who almost stopped reading this comic after the first issue, I am really surprised at how much I have enjoyed it. I give this a 9/10. Steed and Mrs. Peel have certainly become series added to my pull list.