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In this issue as promised we get to know how Arcade was able to turn himself into a real supervillain.
We see how he was a complete loser obsessed with birthdays, rigged games and cheating and how little he was respected by the supervillain community he so much wanted to belong to. At his lowest, when he realizes what a loser he really is, Arcade gets the strength to rise up thanks to constrictor (who might be dead after his assault on Arcade... I'm sure some people will be enraged by this, although his death isn't confirmed as he's "just dying" the last we see him on panel)
We also see how he really DIDN'T turn himself into a supervillain, and how the mastermind who created the new arcade was really his assistant, miss Coriander: she created Arcade's "island" (in Antartica), made it completely untraceable and more importantly made it so INSIDE THE CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT OF THE NEW MURDER WORLD, Arcade is a sort of god, due to a mix of technological (and I guess magical) machines all connected to him.
The issue ends with a final twist, and we see that, all in all, Arcade might still be a loser after all, and one has to wonder if there's not something more about Miss Coriander than we are seeing...
The issue is not as good as the previous ones, Arcade's reasons seem a tad too pathetic (although he really IS pathetic, so...) and the way he turns from complete disperation to action seems too casual, yet we get some answers that make sense, Miss Coriander is certainly an intriguing new character and we also get a definitive answer about the inspiration for this new Murder World.
All in all I'd give this issue 3 out of 5