Writer: Dan Didio
Art: Kenneth Rocafort
Sideways and a villain speedster are set to face off in issue #3. Luckily for us, this issue brings the action! Let’s dig in.
After checking to make sure his friends and family are ok, Sideways challenges the mysterious female Killspeed. Killspeed charges the hero but Sideways opens a rift just in time, sending the villain outside to the hospital’s parking lot. Killspeed uses attempts to make a getaway. Derek thinks quickly though and opens multiple rifts around Gotham to see if he can catch a glimpse of her. He succeeds and is able to hop through the rift to West Gotham Pier.
Once there, Sideways discovers the injured Killspeed who seems like she is ready to talk. She explains that she received her powers some years back in a Speed Force storm in Central City (because where else do SF storms happen?). Sideways suggests that they talk to the police and that they will help Killspeed. No-go Sideways…true rookie move. Killspeed throws the hero backward using a gust of air from her speed force powered arms. She then follows up her attack with a thrown bus. Sideways instinctively opens a rift which deflects the impact of the massive projectile.
After another short scuffle, Sideways downs his enemy and the police arrive. Killspeed, still grabbing ahold of our hero, exclaims that they are not finished. Sideways opens a rift and makes a quick exit. In the last panels, we discover what happens when a limb is left inside an already closed rift…
So I really enjoyed this issue compared to the first two. Again, I know this is a new book and brand new character so I am trying to keep an open mind. I really enjoyed learning more about the characteristics of rifts and the powers of Sideways. There was enough here to keep me around for the next couple issues!
I am a fan of Kenneth Rocafort’s work. His art was a big reason I enjoyed this past issue. (Check out the double-paged bus explosion!)