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The Massive #13 [Dark Horse Comics] Review

Posted on July 3, 2013 AT 06:05pm

Part one of the newest arc in Brian Wood’s creator owned The Massive is here, and finally, after what seems like ages after The Crash, the group heads into the territory of the United States. Or what’s left of it, anyways. Cal, Mary, Mag, Lars and Ryan have all gone through quite a bit, and the work of rouge crew member Georg has led them on a wild hunt through the sunken remains of Manhattan, looking for a reason, a plan, and a way to stop Georg and find their missing sister ship, The Massive.

One of the few Americans that have graced The Kapital, Ryan is a woman alone as she sees the drowning remains of an abandoned New York City, now under seventy feet of water. This issue carries the team on the hunt not only for The Massive, but for Georg as well, who has hijacked an active nuclear submarine and is now leading them to a place where the wreckage of the crash has taken away their sonar tracking ability. Some other events keep the crew rather busy, making life even harder in a world where nothing is easy.

Brian Wood is doing a terrific job on this series. The passion and effort is visible on every page of writing, from the Post-Crash factoids to the struggle of Callum Israel and the Ninth Wave crew aboard The Kapital. This is a full fleshed out post-apocalyptic world where the ecosystem has completely collapsed, and now as the crew ventured into America, this series feels even a bit more intense as it reaches closer to come for the main audience of the series. So far, in the introduction to the “Americana” arc, this is very well done by Wood, who seems to really have every detail of this destroyed planet worked out.

The art team of Garry Brown and Jordie Bellaire are solid, with Bellaire especially showing off her talents, making bold color choices on several pages. The colors are brighter, the detail work is more pronounced in the pencils and this books looks much more vibrant than it has in recent issues, noting a brighter tone from Cal and the crew despite the struggles they face. The monochromatic flashback panels are something that still doesn’t fit quite so much with the rest of the series, or at least the choice of colors, with a deep gold gracing each of those pages, but either way, this book looks great otherwise.

Summary: With this being the thirteenth issue of this series, it still manages to give off an emotional tone, something that is quite impressive. With a dedicated writer, a talented art team and a penchant for the dramatic, this is an amazing creator owned series. While the flashback scenes look a bit odd, this book as a whole is a terrific look into a world that has sustained quite a bit of damage, and the steadfast few who look to fix it.

Pros: Wonderful story, beautiful color work.

Cons: Flashback color pallet a bit odd.

Grade: B+

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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