Well I’m sad to see this one go. It’s been a hell of a ride reading this series as it’s given me a sense of thrill and anxiety like no other. Eye of Newt has very much been a reimagining of the story of King Arthur and by far the best reimagining I’ve ever read. The only problem with this issue is that it ends! The issue itself picks up with Newt still escaping from the Dragons having taken the Dragon’s Eye in the last issue and added it to the top of his staff. The merfolk look out for Newt but against his protest they take him further and further underwater; the reason being that the sky is filled with dragons looking for the Dragon’s Eye, forcing Newt to take another way back to his friends. Newt’s adventure isn’t over yet though as he’s commissioned for one more task before he can finally leave.
Unfortunately that’s all I can really say about the issue. I can tell you that every loose plot line is wrapped up and we get the answers to the questions that have been presented along the way in the series. And I mean everything. Creator Michael Hague hasn’t forgotten about a single character or question that has come up along the way which was a great touch to the already fantastic story.
The art in this issue is some of the best as Hague uses Newt’s side journey to explore more of the realm and introduce new character types like walking mushrooms and forest nymphs. It succeeds in making this issue visually interesting on its own, which is something that can be said for each issue. We’re playing in the same world each time, but Hague makes sure that there’s something new to enjoy and that the setting doesn’t become mundane.
I would love to go on and on about this issue because it ended up being my favorite of the series. That’s incredibly rare to like the last issue over the first, but that’s how it is. I do hope that there will be more stories set in this world or at the very least new stories from Hague of this caliber. He’s a talented storyteller and Eye of Newt has been a great introduction to his work.
Writer/Artist/Creator: Michael Hague Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $3.99 Release Date: 9/17/14 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital