The last couple of issues in the New Warriors series have picked up the pace of the title quite nicely, and issue #12 is no exception.
Half of the team are trapped and on the run inside the tunnels of Machinesmith's lair. Even worse, they've discovered that the villain is capable of siphoning off the powers from their tech suits. Powerless and desperate, they try to come up with a plan to escape.
Meanwhile, the other half of the team are angry with Night Thrasher for making the decision to abandon their teammates in their time of need. Jubilee is particularly enraged, and lays a beating on Thrasher. Sophia steps in and defuses the situation. But Jubilee has now delivered her ultimatum to Thrasher: step up as leader, or step aside. Angry and resentful, they must now try to set their differences aside, and set about the task of coming up with a way to rescue their friends. But it may already be too late.
This series continues to impress me. Jono really shines in this issue, showing how cool he can be under fire, and showing that when push comes to shove, he can shove pretty hard. For Jubilee, Thrasher's decision to cut and run when half of his team was down was the last straw. Any respect she may have had for him as leader is gone, and she's made it very clear that she can and will seize the reigns of leadership from him at a moment's notice if he doesn't start doing right by the team. Sophia displays an impressive cool-headedness, calming the situation between Jube and Thrash and getting their focus back on the problem at hand.
Bring on #13!