Review: Imagine Agents #4

Well we’ve reached the end of what I think may be just the first arc of Imagine Agents. I’m pleased to say that the ending didn’t disappoint. More times than not, the final panels of these stories tend to be a little bit of a letdown. I’m always hesitant to get my hopes up too much for any kind of life-changing climax. Although it wasn’t life-changing, it was, as far as I can tell, the perfect ending. The creative team does a good job of putting the final period at the end, but also leaving it open for a possible sequel. The most important thing about the way that they ended it, wasn’t the ending itself, but the fact that there are so many possibilities to offer and directions that Brian Joines and Bachan can take this from here on out. Usually when a sequel is inevitable, the endings never feel like endings. I could realistically see the final panels of this series being a true finish while keeping me excited for other adventures, if they were to arise. I think that Boom! Studios could really do anything that they wanted with this. More importantly, whatever they decide is cool with me. Dapple is now the size of a skyscraper, and isn’t shy about tearing up anything and everything that I.M.A.G.I.N.E. throws at him. And Elliot is in the worst possible place imaginable. Furdlegurr is helpless to… well help, and Agent Slatern is nowhere to be found. It’s up to Agent Snowgoose and Rebecca to find a way to get Dapple back down to size. But what can they do? This isn’t Honey I Blew Up The Kid. They’re going to have to think of something quick before Dapple’s revenge goes global.

ImagineAgents_04_rev_Page_1Joines knocked this one out of the park. We finally get to see the flashback that we’ve all been waiting for. What does Agent Slatern have against figments? Of course I’ve enjoyed all of the flashbacks that I’ve seen thus far, but this one was obviously the most fascinating one of all. There is a lot of dialogue in this issue, it’s necessary of course; the characters are trying to devise a plan to take down this overgrown Saturday morning cartoon. Best part about it is that even though there is quite a bit, it isn’t hard to follow. Everything makes sense and there isn’t any of that deus ex machina stuff to deal with. Sometimes that’s ok, but it just wouldn’t have fit in here. The plot is too scientific. Anyway, I was really happy with everything that was done in the script.

The art in this book has definitely been some of the best that I’ve seen in the months of reading it. Bachan really draws a book based on a bunch of cartoon looking characters in a way that doesn’t distract you from the seriousness of the story. Personally, I think that they took a chance with that, but it really paid off. I hope that I get to see some more of this art in the future.

I would recommend this book to anyone. If you have a kid trying to get into comics or a best buddy that just can’t find anything that keeps his attention, here you go. This truly has something for everyone. It’s funny, dramatic, and pulls at your heartstrings all at the same time. It was an awesome series. I’m looking forward to more. Who knows what these guys are going to come up with next? As far as I’m concerned, Boom Studios is on fire. Imagine Agents is going to be around for a while.

Score: 5/5   

Writer: Brian Joines Artist: Bachan Publisher: Boom Studios Price: $3.99 Release Date: 1/15/14