The villainous Intergang plants itself firmly on Orion’s radar as a threat in New Gods #4.
While we have seen a lot from Intergang in Jack Kirby’s other Fourth World title, they have been used sparingly in New Gods. Orion has had much bigger threats to deal with up to this point.
Where to read New Gods #4:
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 2 or
- Jack Kirby’s New Gods trade paperback (black-and-white)
- New Gods digital comics on Kindle and Comixology
Previously – Forever People #4
Intergang is finally seen as a threat by Orion when he and Dave Lincoln discover the technology they have. It is clearly from Apokolips and capable of deterring Orion and even Mother Box.
Orion finds out about this technology when he finds the New God Seagrin dead. Orion was familiar with Seagrin as he was a fellow warrior and a friend. Any technology that could take out someone like Seagrin would pose a credible threat to Orion.
Orion works to enter Intergang’s organization with assistance from the four humans that he rescued from Apokolips. Eventually, they are able to find their way in and learn they should really be concerned about the Deep Six.
The Deep Six seems to be connected to Intergang, though we don’t learn all the specifics of the arrangement. It could be as simple as both groups are working for Darkseid. Either way, both Darkseid and Orion note that the Deep Six is the key organization to focus on.
We continue to get brief glimpses of New Genesis in this book. Most of the time is still being spent with Orion on Earth. Early in this issue, we get to see Metron leading young Esak to various civilizations in the galaxy on his Mobius Chair.
At this point on my first read-through, I was a little disappointed at the amount of time spent on Earth versus New Genesis and Apokolips. I want to see more of the origins of both of those worlds. Now, I know that more of that is coming and I can just enjoy what we get to see here. With Darkseid having such a clear focus on Earth, it justifies why there is so much Earth time.
We still have much to learn about Metron, as he is a strange New God. He claims to be neutral and only concerned with his own knowledge. Yet, he has been more active in the affairs of New Genesis than that would suggest. Just last issue, he save Lightray from certain death at the hands of Black Racer.
Whether Metron is truly neutral could become very important in the looking battle of good versus evil. Frankly, it is believable that he could be on either side, which would be a coup for whoever could win him over.
One interesting note from this issue is in an early panel. When Metron is showing Esak a primitive civilization, they see a pair of reddish Tyrannosaurus Rexes battling. This is visually very reminiscent of Kirby’s Devil Dinosaur, which he would do years later for Marvel Comics.
Next up, we return to Mister Miracle with issue #4. This is an issue I have been waiting for for some time, as it marks the debut of Big Barda.
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