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Story by Jeff Lemire
Art by Jeff Lemire
Cover by Jeff Lemire

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

Hard to believe it but we only have five more issues to go before this series is over. Doesn’t it feel like yesterday we were talking about the first, $1 issue and how weird it was? Now we’re all familiar with Jeff Lemire’s writing and art and this has been one great series for Vertigo for almost three years. But the ending definitely is welcomed considering the pacing hasn’t been what I call ‘fast’. Just where is Lemire taking this series to it’s, undoubtedly, bleak conclusion?

Well first off I gotta say I love the design of this issue. You can always count on Lemire putting in a unique spin on each issue and this is no different. About 3/4ths of each page is a flashback to the Gus’s ‘father’ and how he wound up getting away from Alaska. While the lower fourth is Dr. Singh discovering the facility that we’re seeing in the flashbacks. You could read this issue twice but just reading each section and not get lost. But I also like it because when Singh noticed something odd or in general we see it referenced in the flashback. Although one page is mysteriously blacked out so I wonder if that’s important?

Also, I do like how the Matt Kindt issues are now showing how integral they are to this series. The series has now turned from a post-apocalyptic story to something more mystical. I have no idea what this is going to mean for the end of the series but Lemire definitely adds a lot of questions for this final arc.

This series has sort of dragged the last couple of issues if I’m being honest. With the ending in sight though this issue definitely picks up the pace. This has a great layout design to read and Lemire brings about some great mysteries that will probably cap off the series. If you’ve stayed on this book from the beginning like me then you will no doubt be excited for the next five issues.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent

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