Written by Christos Gage
Art by Roberto Viacava
Christos Gage has made a name for himself as a superhero writer who can navigate difficult continuity terrain, and is often used to help iron out difficult consequences of poorly thought-out event books at the big two (think of his Spider-Man tie-in to Age of Ultron). I was curious to see what his work is like when he can develop his own world to play with, unconstrained by corporate policy and the weight of years of stories.
Absolution is set in a world where superheroes are embraced by law enforcement, and work within the police or government agencies. John Dusk is one of the most respected 'enhanced' police officers; he can project a blue 'aura' around his body, giving him abilities somewhere between a telekinetic's and a Green Lantern's. Dusk has always had a strong sense of justice, but lately he's decided that he needs to take matters into his own hands, when he finds that too many of the world's most reprehensible individuals are given too many opportunities to reoffend. Using his powers creatively, he starts executing some pretty awful folk. And, this being an Avatar book, some of their crimes do get pretty disturbing.
Of course, this kind of thing can't last forever, and Gage does a good job of examining Dusk's responses to his own actions, as well as the reactions of the people he's close to. The comic is a very good read, moving into some territory that superhero comics don't often explore. The art, which adhere's to the standard Avatar look, is a little weak.
This book works well as a trade, and I will probably wait to pick up the current follow-up mini-series in the same format.