Deodato uses a lot of six panel pages. Not just for conversations, though there are a lot of conversations this issue, but he uses them for action too. Big action at the size of a thumbnail, how rewarding. It’s not even good small sized big action. Deodato skimps on the details; the smaller size is an excuse.
But even with good art, it wouldn’t be a good issue. There are now three sets of characters, Bruce and some guy he hangs out with at a bathhouse (really), Doc Samson who’s now a government assassin and then Nadia and Mr. Blue. Mr. Blue being a woman. Jones is trying to fill an issue with the back and forth conversations. It’s all really bad.
Still, there’s a good cliffhanger. Even with the bad Deodato art. Jones introduces a new threat, which might prove interesting. But probably visually interesting.
It’s a weak issue.
Split Decisions, Part Two: From Shadowed Places; writer, Bruce Jones; artist, Mike Deodato Jr.; colorist, Studio F; letterer, Cory Petit; editors, Warren Simons, John Miesegaes and Axel Alonso; publisher, Marvel Comics.