I wonder if Ennis is going out of his way to demonize the main villains–he ends on with reminder of their atrociousness–as a way to curb the Japanese being the main villains of the story.
When it comes to World War II, the Germans get the most emphasis from Western storytellers. Ennis avoids that route. When Germans do show up, they’re disposable morons.
There’s a little more intrigue this issue. A bunch of different nations are trying to get magic rocks from China (it could be plutonium, couldn’t it?). Ennis handles the espionage quite well, which is good since he doesn’t handle Margo Lane well here.
He lets her character contract; he’s using her as Lamont Cranston’s arm candy. It’s boring.
Campbell does okay for most the issue. Except he draws Cranston rather aged. It’s a bad couple panels.
Ennis still hasn’t taken the book above basic competence.
The Fire of Creation, Part Three; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Aaron Campbell; colorist, Carlos Lopez; letterer, Rob Steen; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.