I wish I could say that I liked this issue, but I didn’t. I mean we all knew where the story was going so it was more about the journey than the outcome of good over evil, but the journey runs out of steam in this issue. Do you know who Steve Aoki is? I hope so because he’s practically the star of this issue. The brothers unite and Mike is super evil. They begin using their creative powers to fight each other and for some reason we’re shown the illusion that the crowd sees over and over. This really hasn’t been the case for the other issues so it was strange that so much attention was brought to it. Of course it shows up later, but really it didn’t make or break the story any it just served as this weird element of the plot.
The story breaks its own rule which is interesting, but nothing comes of it because the series concludes. The brothers were never really that strong of characters, but it becomes painfully transparent when they’re reunited. The big creative battle at the end really lacked imagination and just ended up being people versus demons/monsters. Again the journey was nothing spectacular.
The art remains consistent, but really shows its shortcomings when too many male characters appear together. The cover is a prime example of this, but it’s like that a few more times in the issue as well. The coloring remains vibrant and beautiful as it has with every issue.
I wish I had more to say about this issue, but it was gift wrapped so much that it was just like, “yup that happened.” It’s also obvious that it’s set up for a sequel, but I’m not really sure what a sequel could do that would be different from what’s accomplished with this story. If you’ve been following the series then it’s worth a read, but I would have a hard time recommending the overall series for anyone to check out.
Writer: Paul Jenkins Artists: Alti Firmansyah and Beny Maulana of Stellar Labs Publisher: Titan Comics Price: $3.99 Release Date: 10/23/13