21 Down Volume 8
Author: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Publisher: Warner Bros
21 Down Volume 8 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
In this volume, Mikey and Preston are traveling down to Texas to talk with yet another Genie who has come to light down there, but the story opens with a Hulk-like human rampaging through a city and this moronic guy from the government thinks they can cover this up. They're still not getting along. Despite the fact that he now knows that Mickey's fifteen-year-old daughter is being held prisoner and that this underlies, if not justifies Mickey's every action, Preston is still pissed off with her.
They stop at a diner where people are talking about a missing child, and then the clientèle all mysteriously head outside en masse. Preston and Mickey follow to discover that they've all gone to see a solar eclipse. This is nicely drawn by the artist, but he has the moon moving in the wrong direction! Instead of moving down and to the right as it's drawn here, it should be moving up and to the left. Unless, of course, the Earth's movement and/or the Moon's movement has changed radically. In this story, this could well have happened, I suppose...!
Preston changes his mind about moving on, at the last minute, and decides to stay in town to go to the circus. He's been seeing the number nineteen - the bill at the diner was nineteen dollars, their hotel room is number nineteen, and something he sees at the circus convinces him that he knows who kidnapped the missing child.
This volume was much better - the story picked up again, and things got really interesting. Plus the dynamic between Preston and Mickey is really engaging. it was nice to feel at home again with this story!