This issue was definitely different from the rest of the series. The strange thing is that not a lot happens, but I couldn’t stop reading it. Even though I figured out where the story was going almost instantly I was still entertained with some of the story choices and when I arrived at the ending I was still impressed. I’m definitely looking forward to the conclusion and hope that the tone and style is in line with this issue of the series. There’s a lot of recapping in this issue, but it works for the story. There’s been a lot going on so having someone give a simple breakdown for the events contained within the narrative keeps everyone up to date. The issue kicks off with Mike being kidnapped by the dark one. In typical villain fashion he begins pitting Mike against his brother by filling his head full of lies.
After this we jump over to Dimitri and find him continuing the good fight playing his and Mike’s music where ever he can. At this part of the story I didn’t quite understand how much time had passed, but to me it seemed like Mike had basically been gone for almost a year. I could be wrong as the dialogue didn’t always match this, but the way the story outlined the once a year event of Tomorrowland it made it seem as if a lot of time had passed.
I still think this is one of the most unique stories that Jenkins has told and it’s definitely a unique comic book. It’s one of those stories that are meant for the medium and because of that Jenkins tailor makes the story for comic books. There wasn’t exactly any character development in this issue, but again it managed to hold my attention the entire time.
Stellar Labs’ art is still quite good on the series and while not a lot happens in this issue they are given some big splash pages to illustrate and they knock it out of the park. It’s awesome to see the art just take over a page like that and bring the world to life.
I don’t feel like there’s a lot to say about this issue. If you’ve been reading the series I think you’ll dig this issue as well and will be left looking forward to the conclusion. It’s an interesting series that manages to be entertaining so check it out.
Writer: Paul Jenkins Artists: Alti Firmansyah and Beny Maulana of Stellar Labs Publisher: Titan and Atomeka Comics Price: $3.99 Release Date: 9/25/13