This cover is by Liefeld and Dalhouse. I think Dalhouse did most of the finish because I might not have guessed this was a Liefeld cover. Except for a few of the obvious clues like the really rectangular gun and the awkward hand/wrist connection of the left arm.
Grifter's resistance army consists of Niko the Katana Lady and Deathblow the Death Blower. I complained that this guy was named by Liefeld last issue but that might not be true. I saw something somewhere (a vision from the future?) that mentioned he was a character from Wildstorm. Maybe I'll look him up now! I don't have a Wildstorm Who's Who so I'll have to rely on the internet.
Death Blow was created by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi in 1992 for the Wildstorm Universe. Blaming Liefeld was close enough to the mark. Frickin' Jim Lee! At least his artwork has improved although he still loves the gritty-faced men. I learn new things while reading the Wikipedia entry! No wonder I've never heard of Team 7 and yet commenters on my commentaries have dropped the name occasionally as if I should know it. I just assumed it was part of the DC History I'd missed over the last few years being away from comics. But it was Wildstorm! Now it makes sense. And I guess that's why Cole Cash will be in the new Team 7 comic beginning in September. Although the team is mostly filled with big DC names. Deathblow's only power seems to be a regenerative ability near Lobo levels. Maybe he should be the chosen one!
I look up Niko while I'm at it and she's apparently new. Someone suggests that her name is a play on the Japanese word for cat, "neko." My dad once had a cat he named Neko. Anyway, I wouldn't have made that jump but I guess she's been shown in solicits as "Cheshire." So that's why someone would make that connection.
Grifter and his team begin this issue on the road to a new safehouse. They're staying on the move so that the Daemonites don't get a bead on Grifter and kill him and doom the entire world because he's the only motherfucker that can defeat the Daemonites. I don't know. I have a feeling Stormwatch is a pretty good back-up plan. And Batman and his Justice League could probably handle the problem. But not Justice League International.
Seriously. That's a pretty valid question.
Oh no he didn't! He said it! OH SHIT! (except, you know, he didn't say it. He Narration Boxed it. Which means he might have said it in the future in his Diary. Or he's only thinking it now. Or fuck if I know)
Actually, they were blown up not butchered.
Yes, it's simply a mere technicality that "you're welcome" is two words. If you're just playing fast and loose with language, well, it would still be two fucking words! And "technically," it's three words. Also, be sure to enjoy Grifter without any legs in this picture.
The group becomes pinned down on the mountain road in the Swiss Alps and Niko begins yelling at Grifter and telling him he needs to begin acting like the Chosen One. But all I can think about while she yells at him is, "Why are you wearing a fucking bathing suit in the middle of the freezing cold snowy alps, Niko?" And then Grifter displays a new power! Is it the best power in the DCnU? Is it a power so great it will save the world from this alien threat?
Yes! He can fire multiple guns by telekinesis! The world is saved! I hope this power only works for firing guns. That would be the best.
But dag nab it! Grifter's telekinesis is usable for more than just firing guns. He manages to throw all of the Daemonites and the blown up truck off of the mountain. Since Liefeld is writing this comic, he'll probably give Grifter a Telekinesis Level soon. My guess is he's Level 20!
The group walk to the next safehouse where Deathblow continues to chide them about being girls and pretty boys and faggots. Well, he doesn't actually say faggot but he's obviously that kind of in-the-closet self-hating military man. At least he would be if the characters in this comic were going to have any kind of depth at all. My guess is he's just a testosterone-laden blowhard. He also claims that the Red Daemonites probably had some big brothers so they need to keep moving. So Blue is little brother. Red is medium brother. And Green is big brother? Then Black Curate is biggest brother of all!
This is how they plan on escaping: motorcycles in the snow! I like how there are only four of them. Because they knew they'd lose the nobodies along the way, probably.
The Daemonites have super heroes too! Although this guy must be a hybrid like Voodoo (and possibly Grifter?) since the Daemonites don't actually have super heroes. It's one of the reasons they were so curious about Earth. Because of the preponderance of metas on the planet.