After reading the last issue I had a sneaking suspicion that this issue was sunk before it could begin. The kicker is that this seven issue series is meant to be read together in one sitting and while that’s been clear from the beginning, the series has managed a pacing that kept each issue interesting on its own. The ending though… well it runs to the finish line and there’s little to be excited about because we’ve already experienced part of the payoff in the last issue. To sum up the issue, Ivan’s new friends stop him from killing his old friend. From there they explain that Ivan has been groomed by the S.P.I. all his life. They figure out where the last glowbug is and then make their end game plans.
My biggest problem is that there’s a lot of exposition in this issue. While some people may be have been lost the story and thankful for the explanation, it really brings all the action to a standstill. Ivan is a very different character with the exception of one scene at the end, but don’t mistake this for character development as it’s again just packed all at the end and part of it is again covered by exposition.
The art remains consistent. More than likely due to the fact that this may have been a graphic novel to begin with and was later split into a monthly mini-series. I’m not complaining because it’s a saving grace for this final issue as the story really tappers off, but the art remains untouched since the beginning of the story.
Overall it’s hard not to be underwhelmed by this issue. I’m glad I read it because at least I know how it ends, but I suspect that reading this as one complete story is a better experience. And guess what? They’ve got the trade/collected edition already planned. If you haven’t read it I would wait for that, if you were waiting to buy this final issue just picture the perfect storybook ending and that’s basically what they do.
Writer: Andrè Sirangelo Artist: Gabriel Iumazark Publisher: BOOM!/Archaia Entertainment Price: $3.99 Release Date: 11/19/14 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital