No doubt about it, Ennis is having a good time on Highland Laddie. The most fun is trying to remove all the superhero stuff from it mentally; the story works just as well. Makes one wonder what the main series would be like if Ennis started with characters and story and added all the superhero nonsense to it later.
This issue’s a lot of talking heads, which McCrea and Burns don’t do a particularly good job of illustrating, but the dialogue is all so strong it doesn’t matter. Hughie makes a new friend, hangs out with his old friends, has some flashbacks. The flashbacks are awesome–particularly the revelation of young Hughie the detective.
There’s also the big subplot, involving drugs (and superheroes, sort of). Ennis uses it to give the story some danger. Otherwise the biggest concern is Hughie discovering he doesn’t really like his childhood friends while sober.
Great Glass Elevator; writer, Garth Ennis; artists, John McCrea and Keith Burns; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.