Overwatch: Code of Violence (3/5)
I don't know if this is the weakest Overwatch short story, but it's certainly in contention. Main issue with it compared to the others is how short it is.
Anyway, the story focuses on Reaper and Sombra, taking place one year after Overwatch's disbandenment, and his first mission with Talon, as they retrieve a target from a black site (the reveal as to who the target is is a nice touch, at least). Throughout it, we delve into Reaper's backstory - from his role as a police officer (which has got a portion of the fanbase up in arms), to a soldier who took part in overthrowing regimes (which curiously HASN'T triggered anyone...huh...), to his time in Overwatch, and how Doomfist swayed him to Talon's side. This, at least, is well done - it does delve into Reaper's moral code, as to how he's only working with Talon to accomplish his own goals, whereas in Overwatch, in his view, the world remained as corupt and broken as ever. It's a sentiment I've seen hinted at elsewhere, but it's solidifed here. That, and its description of Moira's experiments on him is nicely done.
Unfortunately, that's where my praise ends. For one thing, none of this feels as fleshed out as it should. Of all the Overwatch characters, Reaper's never lacked for backstory, so the amount here feels like just another drop in the bucket. Second, the dialogue with Sombra is...okay, but feels like it could have been much tighter. A lot of the time, it feels like the characters are repeating themselves. Being someone who's written and reviewed for over 15 years, I can pick up on these tells, to some extent. It feels like it needed an extra draft. So what we have is...okay, but nothing special. If we're looking at Overwatch short fiction that fleshes out Talon characters, this pales so much compared to 'What We Leave Behind' (which almost single-handedly fleshed out Baptiste), then this feels like a waste.
So, decent, but nothing special.