Warning: This review may contain spoilers.
With DC’s New Age of Heroes being hit hard by the cancellation and lower sales, The Unexpected continues to carve its own path amongst them, with a steady quality and well-structured narrative. As we reach the conclusion of the first arc of the series, it becomes apparent that it has legs to continue much further past some of its sister titles. With two compelling leads and a strong tie to the larger universe, The Unexpected #6 finally kills its main villain, solves a continued problem, reintroduces an old foe and sets up a main villain for the oncoming issues.
…The Unexpected continues to carve its own path…
We start the issue with Neon and Firebrand stuck in Synn and Firebrand’s soul being taken from her rapidly. Neon is fearless in his rescue of her, showing how far the duo have come after their dysfunctional start. The Unexpected #6 breaks the status quo very quickly as Neon is resourceful in the situation, releasing all of the enraged souls that have been trapped in Synn over the many years. With a small cameo from Phade, who herself is one of those trapped souls, the sheer power of all these forces break through Synn killing him in the process and saving a struggling Hawkman as he battled him and his dragon.
From here the isotope has become critical, with the souls powering it further, fuelling it to the inevitable explosion. Neon uses its energy as a beacon, allowing the Nth isotope to take them to where it belongs. Taking them outside of the Multiverse, the isotope becomes stable but a new threat emerges. We then cut to an after credits scene that teases the return of the Bad Samaritan and his master Mandrakk, who is very quickly emerging. As the heroes are ambushed by Admannu, the protector of the Bleed, they are sentenced to death for their crimes of travelling between realities and creating the isotope. At this moment, Mandrakk emerges, killing this would be foe and establishing himself as the next threat The Unexpected team are going to face.
The Unexpected #6‘s art is frenetic and stylised, with the title having very clear character designs and a very clear voice.
Hawkman fits well into the equation and it’s nice to see him continue to stick around, whilst he is not being used so much elsewhere.
I’m interested to see how the series is now propelled forward without the isotope as a plot device to take them to a new location. With the story shifting rapidly, my hope is we continue to see the character development found in the earlier issues, developing these heroes further as mainstays to the DC Universe.
The Unexpected #6
I hope to see The Unexpected series continue for at least another arc. Mandrakk, and even The Bad Samaritan to an extent, have been built as significant enemies. Now that the team functions together well, we've got a flavour of what The Unexpected could be.