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Mick-LuciferPosted: 02/06/2015 09:59 AMStatus ::
Review: Mortal Kombat X #2 Chapter 4

The review cycle has drifted back from the current digital releases, but be warned: the following article contains spoilers!

Mortal Kombat X: Blood Ties continues with Chapter 4 - the first section of print issue #2, and Part 1 of digital story arc "Caged". Make sure you follow links to buy the chapter from DC Entertainment before you continue!

Continuation is a topic very much in mind at the open of Chapter 4. If you read Chapter 3 [review], you know Raiden is dabbling in dangerous Kamidogu blood magik. If you know that, the reminder at the start of this chapter will probably seem continually ominous, but fairly unnecessary. We've spent a lot of time navel gazing over the virtues and foibles of digital versus print - this little curio makes you wonder how it'll read once collected for trade.

It's a lot of fun to see Fujin in action - even if it's just taking a gut wound from a protector god with a pretty sketchy record since the 2011 story reboot. The take away from this B-plot overlap is that big things are coming, but the real meat of this issue delivers us to two of the debuting Mortal Kombat X characters: Cassie Cage and Kotal Kahn.

A surprise already explored extensively by fandom [since the preview] is the introduction of another second generation fighter! Jacqui is a none too subtle allusion to Jax -- the Outerworld Investigation Agency partner of Cassie's mom: Sonya Blade.

Jacqui definitely doesn't shine as much as the already confirmed playable character [Cassie], but conditioned expectation, and her status as a "Junior Olympic" kickboxer inevitably raises tie-in questions. During the fight that introduces her, she's made to appear far more mortal than the average playable character. It's tough to say if unflattering comparisons to her cybernetically enhanced father are setting the pace for expectation, or foreshadowing robo-legs. If we get a fast moving kickboxer in the game, either would be fine.

Cassie wins with inspiration from her father's trademark Shadow Kick and the aftermath opens the door to exploring her better known parents. Note an obligatory "Ninja Mime" reference, nodding to Cage's body of work, and a broken razzy stand-in, reminding us that the days of cheering for Hollywood action movie stars are well behind us. Bummer.

As known at the end of MK2011, Johnny Cage & Sonya Blade survived Shao Kahn's invasion plot. The experience may have brought them close enough together to conceive a child, but any warm and fuzzy feelings aren't here. The parents are split. Cage is living it up in Venice, California. Sonya Blade is still living the military life - and keeping some surprising company!

We've known details about Kotal Kahn for quite some time. At some point he will have claimed the throne of Outworld, he will lose it, he includes D'Vorah among his allies, and he considers his goals somewhat virtuous. That's all here on first appearance - but if you thought you knew the Incan inspired fighter, you might be surprised.

A casual visit to Earthrealm to plead for clemency in his war to own Outworld did not rank high on our list of expectations. Never the less, Kotal Kahn is the willingly chained visitor of Sonya and the Special Forces, flanked by D'Vorah and another new character: Erron Black. Like "Jacqui", Erron Black has sparked rampant speculation, despite saying and doing almost nothing in his brief appearance. A testament to the appeal of an archetypal Man With No Name gunslinger, perhaps? [Don't call him Erron Blackmo].

Despite a peaceful introduction, this scene, like most so far, leads to a breakout of violence. The X-Ray gimmick of the games is incorporated. It's been used several times already, and it's an interesting if superfluous device. Just as in the games, there are no discernible consequences for the bone shattering violence, and in a sequential story driven medium, that's less forgivable than a game mechanic.

Like the situation itself, Kotal Kahn's delivery subverts expectation. There's something a little bit off about a character like this borrowing casual phrases. It might have been more natural to simply speak with intent when saying "desperate times call for desperate measures", rather than calling attention to it as terran. He's written a little too pedestrian to live up to the stature of the design and art, but some of that is owed to circumstances.

This is, never the less, perhaps the most intriguing plot line introduced so far, for a character who shows early signs of being an addition who can having staying power, if results allow. So far Kahn's primary rival is Mileena - a logical heir to Shao Kahn's throne who has apparently been warring with Kotal for 10 years. We saw the teaser last issue that paired her with Reiko - an embellishment with a lot of potential! Apparently she's orchestrated a deal with the Red Dragon - a callback to Chapter 1 that should bring a lot of things together.

The chapter's underground MMA cage match - as announced in solicitations - finishes the chapter big!

Frost makes a final page appearance that packs a surprising punch for a now relatively obscure character. When introduced in Deadly Alliance, she was a star recruit for Sub-Zero's new Lin Kuei. We knew her as a rambunctious pupil with one or two delusions of grandeur, and a need for training. It feels a little odd for the amateur ice wielder to be thought of as refining her skills in an MMA cage - even before finding the LIn Kuei - but it's not out of the question.

Many great fighting game characters are bolstered by having good rivals and nemesis - and utilizing Frost to boost Cassie is a nice idea. Sadly, with a death match stipulation and Hsu Hao as precedent, we have to assume the fixation with fatalities has Frost on the chopping block. Given the scene, it might have been a better place to embellish street brawl Kobra, but we're getting ahead of ourselves.

At twenty-odd digital pages (potentially half in print) - this is a very satisfying read. Kittelsen seems to be getting the most out of his work when he's writing the newer characters. Is this because we have less established expectations, or is there greater freedom to create these new characters on the page? Whatever the case, Cassie & Kotal are stand-outs.

In past reviews, we haven't said enough about Dexter Soy (art) and Veronica Gandini (colors). In the print world, colorists have recently joined the front page credits and Gandini is the perfect case for why. Solid colors do the world of good, making MKX look clean, glossy and modern. I hope we get a lot more from them as a team, but I have to think this proving ground will seem them elevated to bigger titles on the DC Comics slate.

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JAX007Posted: 01/25/2015 12:47 AMStatus ::


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MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Just got done reading this, hype!

Is this Erron Black guy one of our new characters?

Kotal being at war with Mileena for years...Mileena's a lock for this game.

How badass is Sonya? I like this design, she looks like Jill. Also seems like her and Cage are now separated.

Jacqui is most likely Jax's daughter.

It's also looking like Frost might be killed soon.

Discuss guys!






OttoVonRuthlessPosted: 01/25/2015 12:50 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Fucking loved this issue, I hope Erron Black is playable in MKX, really like the design

BorshayPosted: 01/25/2015 12:51 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Was great. I think the guy with the hat will be Kotal's fallen ally.

smokeman14Posted: 01/25/2015 12:53 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Erron Black looks cool as hell. Hope he's not the fallen ally

It's nice to see a ruler of Outworld trying to make an alliance for the sake of Outworld. I'm really digging Kotal

And the "Starfuckers" line seemed out of place

Spoilers: (Highlight to reveal)
Icebaby I'm so sorry ;_;

T-rexPosted: 01/25/2015 12:58 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

ERRON MOTHERFUCKING BLACK IS 2KOOL4SKOOL

And I hate to say it, but things are not looking good for Frost... ;_;

ShadowfirePosted: 01/25/2015 01:00 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Just finished reading it. Awesome Issue! Mileena and The Red Dragon joining forces. Really like Erron Black's look. He's like a half ninja half cowboy. Hope he's one of the new playable characters. Can't wait for Cassie and Frost to go at it.

SockiePosted: 01/25/2015 01:10 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

I'm feeling mighty suspicious that Salazar's name in that casting call wasn't his real one...

Regardless, I also hope Erron Black's playable! Awesome design.

JAX007Posted: 01/25/2015 01:11 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Before reading the speech bubble, I thought Erron would be our Salazar. I like the design too, he's like a western Deathstroke.

SabinatorPosted: 01/25/2015 01:14 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Erron Black looks interesting, also who is that massive specials forces dude?

DarkkPosted: 01/25/2015 01:14 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

JAX007 Wrote:
Before reading the speech bubble, I thought Erron would be our Salazar. I like the design too, he's like a western Deathstroke.

Sockie Wrote:
I'm feeling mighty suspicious that Salazar's name in that casting call wasn't his real one...



Regardless, I also hope Erron Black's playable! Awesome design.



I also immediately thought Salazar.

Here is Erron http://imgur.com/a/NKzXC#eKL4TgK

squirt007ncPosted: 01/25/2015 01:15 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Erron black looks great. He better be in the game. But nothing on fujin in this issue?

Cordova21Posted: 01/25/2015 01:17 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Erron Black = Salazar for sure! Think they changed his name.

If frost goes out I will be pissed, really want to see her in the game.

Spider804Posted: 01/25/2015 01:17 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Cowboy ninja?
Bring it.

T-rexPosted: 01/25/2015 01:18 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Sockie Wrote:
I'm feeling mighty suspicious that Salazar's name in that casting call wasn't his real one...

That's my bet.

You know what that means?

"Kung Jin", "Takahashi Takeda" and other cringeworthy shit might not end up in the final script either.


Y'know, as I'm writing this, I just thought of a way to fix a lot of problems with Kung Jin.

You boys ready?

Here goes:

Casting call Wrote:

[ KUNG JIN ][KAI]

In his mid 20s, with a slight Asian accent, Kung Jin is the younger cousin of the Earthrealm hero Kung Lao.He is cerebral but streetwise. He is American in speech patterns/idioms. When Kung Lao was killed in the war against Outworld, Kung’sKai's family’s fortunes took a turn for the worse, he journeyed to the U.S. and became a thief. An encounter with Raiden changed his outlook, and he joined the Shaolin monks. Now a member of Johnny Cage’s secret Special Forces offshoot, Jin’sKai's streetwise past provides him extra insight into the minds and motivations of those who would harm Earthrealm...LEAD

Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

DarkkPosted: 01/25/2015 01:20 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

T-rex Wrote:
Sockie Wrote:
I'm feeling mighty suspicious that Salazar's name in that casting call wasn't his real one...


That's my bet.



You know what that means?



"Kung Jin", "Takahashi Takeda" and other cringeworthy shit might not end up in the final script either.





Y'know, as I'm writing this, I just thought of a way to fix a lot of problems with Kung Jin.



You boys ready?



Here goes:



Casting call Wrote:


[ KUNG JIN ][KAI]


In his mid 20s, with a slight Asian accent, Kung Jin is the younger cousin of the Earthrealm hero Kung Lao.He is cerebral but streetwise. He is American in speech patterns/idioms. When Kung Lao was killed in the war against Outworld, Kung’sKai's family’s fortunes took a turn for the worse, he journeyed to the U.S. and became a thief. An encounter with Raiden changed his outlook, and he joined the Shaolin monks. Now a member of Johnny Cage’s secret Special Forces offshoot, Jin’sKai's streetwise past provides him extra insight into the minds and motivations of those who would harm Earthrealm...LEAD



Takeda is a comic character, so that name wont change.

T-rexPosted: 01/25/2015 01:21 AMStatus ::


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Darkk Wrote:

Takeda is a comic character, so that name wont change.

I meant the "Takahashi" part. I have a lot of problems with it.

Spider804Posted: 01/25/2015 01:21 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

I think T meant the Takahashi part

SockiePosted: 01/25/2015 01:34 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Well, guess that might explain why Ron Tan Cho's description doesn't mention Bo Rai Cho at all. Because they might not be related at all!

I am going to be severely disappointed if Erron Black dies.

moll211Posted: 01/25/2015 01:45 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

BEST ONE YET!!!

hopefully the fact that mileena and kotal have been at war means that mileena has become more of a mature evil character then a mindless bimbo haha!!

Cant wait to see cassie and frost brawl its gonna be so epic!! I love Sonya's new design she looks badass!!

Cordova21Posted: 01/25/2015 01:47 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Kotal doesn't seem all that evil.
Erron is too detailed to not make it into the game. He is in.
I fear for frost though.
I hope that they don't diminish her to an illegal cage fighter in this timeline. Her story in the original timeline is more intresting.

T-rexPosted: 01/25/2015 01:48 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Sockie Wrote:

I am going to be severely disappointed if Erron Black dies.

Oh christ, I hope they're not stupid enough to waste this radtastic design on a throwaway character.

Lord_GreyjoyPosted: 01/25/2015 01:59 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

CHAPTER #4 THOUGHTS

Raiden is one careless dude. But we already knew that.

Is it me or are these 15-year-old girls seemingly sexualized? They're certainly highly developed, physically, for their age.

Cassie is, well... she's a teenager; hopefully she's a bit more mature by the 25-year era. I like the rebellious streak for her, but a lot of her dialogue was trash ("star f-ers"?). I also like that she's as egotistical as her father, but also self-confident and sometimes vulnerable. Makes her feel human.

Interesting bit about Johnny and Sonya possibly being on bad terms. And it sounds like Johnny is really proud of his daughter, but Sonya is more focused on work.

I like Sonya's new outfit, but I'm not a fan of the whole attire being one color. In fact, she looks a lot like Resident Evil 5's BSAA Jill, so just change her pants color to gray and she'll look perfect.

Kotal is a more interesting villain in a few pages than Shao Kahn was in 5 games. Good start.

D'Vorah is a hothead. I was hoping she'd be an intelligent character. I guess Kotal is the smart one, which makes him even more awesome.

So the Outworld Civil War sounds like it begins 5 years after MK9. A little odd. Maybe Shinnok's assault temporarily delays the game of thrones?

Now, the biggest thing... ERRON BLACK. I am in love. He better be in the game. And he's probably Salazar. Too many coincidences.
-Works for the emperor.
-Owing to the cowboy look, he's probably American.
-Earthrealmer, because look at all the firearm ammunition on him.

Here's his backstory, lol:
"Often ridiculed as a child for his Wild West fantasies, quiet-natured Salazar abandoned his species the first chance he got, by slipping into Outworld while it was merged with Earthrealm during Shao Kahn's invasion. In his new adoptive land, he worked as a gun for hire and soon enough became the legendary outlaw he always wanted to be. Currently serving under Kotal Kahn, his quickdraw abilities immidiately shut down any potential threats to his master."

RepTeezyPosted: 01/25/2015 02:02 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic, chapter 4 discussion *SPOILERS*

Anywhere to read the comics???

Lord_GreyjoyPosted: 01/25/2015 02:06 AMStatus ::


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RepTeezy Wrote:
Anywhere to read the comics???

You mean for free? It'll probably be on Youtube within a few days.

It's $1 on Google Play. And I heard it's up on iBooks. I don't know about anywhere else.

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