REVIEW: ‘Catalyst Prime: Seven Days,’ Issue #6 (of 7)

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Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #6 cover

Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #6 is published by Lion Forge. It is written by Gail Simone, illustrated by José LuÍs, inked by Jonas Trindade, colored by Michelle Madsen and lettered by Saida Temofonte. Expect the craziness from the previous issue to continue in Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #6.  It’s day six of the invasion on earth, and the superheroes from the Catalyst Prime Universe are just barely able to hold the line against lizard creatures and the Obsidian Men. But as the heroes are taking a break, thinking they have won, a four-armed giant Obsidian Man appears.

Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #6 is action-packed with a high stakes story that is going to wrap up the next issue. Since this mini-series has such a large cast, Gail Simone keeps the story pretty straight forward: it’s superheroes fighting against a big serious threat to earth. Sure you get moments with heroes interacting with each other, but they are few and far in between since the threat they are fighting is always looming and doesn’t seem to let up on them. I’m not familiar with the Catalyst Prime universe, so maybe I’m not catching a lot of the personality traits that are particular to each character. However, fans that have been following any of the Catalyst Prime characters and the universe might be able to get more out of some of the interactions between the different characters. Even though I’m not familiar with the characters, I really like that Simone is writing a big superhero crossover that is a huge fight fest. The dialogue flows well between characters and you get a basic sense of a few characters’ personalities throughout the series.

Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #6 panel

José Luís and Jose Trindade’s artwork is perfect for a series like this with a bunch of superheroes fighting bad guys. The pencils and inks are modern and streamlined. Their action sequences take me back to the fight scenes from comic books in the 1990s and early 2000s. My favorite page with their artwork is on page twelve where they give you a sense of how large the giant Obsidian Man is through a splash page. As it walks through the ocean toward New York, clouds surround its upper body. It shows the reader just how much larger this Obsidian Man in comparison to the others that were just dispatched heroes.

Michelle Madsen’s colors are solid throughout as was the lettering. Saida Temofonte gave Khrelan, the would-be conqueror’s word balloons a distinct by making his letters blue with a black background. The border of the word balloon looked scratchy and gives me a sense that his voice his gravely when he speaks.

Even though I am not familiar with the characters or the universe it was a fun issue to read. It’s a comic book series that reminds me of what got me into comic books in the first place. Just a bunch of superheroes slugging it out with bad guys and great art. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this series and what Simone is planning for this universe in the future.

Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #6 is available now where comics are sold.

Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #6
3.5

TL;DR

Even though I am not familiar with the characters or the universe it was a fun issue to read. It’s a comic book series that reminds me of what got me into comic books in the first place. Just a bunch of superheroes slugging it out with bad guys and great art. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this series and what Simone is planning for this universe in the future