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The Massive #14 [Dark Horse Comics] Review

Posted on July 24, 2013 AT 08:05pm

Part Two of the “Americana” arc of the creator-owned The Massive is now available, and for many members of the good ship Kapital, it brings more and more complications to their main mission: find their sister ship, The Massive. With the knowledge that the potentially dangerous former crew member Georg has a nuclear submarine that is headed into the heart of the sunken city of New York and with the rest of the crew unsure of some of their allegiances, things just keep getting worse for the Post-Crash crew lead by Callum Israel.

Things really suck, Post-Crash. Especially for Cal and his crew, who in this issue not only have to deal with the potential danger of Georg, but with rouge pirates, rogue crew members, and the impending sickness that he’s been dealing with since the events of Moksha. He’s also not dealing too well with any of this, with Cal’s illness and stress beginning to show signs of trouble in the once fearless Ninth Wave leader. The “Americana” storyline has been one of the better ones in recent arcs, with the events growing to an intensity not seen since the beginning of the series. With the climactic end to this arc coming, it’s going to be interesting to see how this all turns out.

Writer Brian Wood is doing some of the best work of his career and this title, and with each passing series of this post-apocalyptic drama, he keeps getting better. Each character is diverse, personable and identifiable, especially with this issue, where some of the other characters get some of their faults and fears put onto display. His work as a creator and his passion for this project are shown full force, and it keeps getting more and more intense as the series moves along. The only issue here is pacing, which can be a bit too slow at times, though at some points it makes sense given some of the topics that are broached.

The art on this book has always been very well done, but since colorist Jordie Bellaire has been on the book, it’s only gotten better. The monochromatic pages pop a bit more, and the dull blues and pale colors during the rest of the title still seem to have a bit more shine to them as opposed to previous issues. The rougher drawing style of artist Garry Brown is still something that takes some getting used to, but those who know the book have likely come to know and love. This issues features a lot of a heavier use of the blue palette, but it looks and feels just as dreary as life for the Ninth Wave crew seems to be, making it a great fit.

Summary: With the end of this arc coming, it looks like the issues that have come along slowly in this series are coming into the foreground full force. With great colors, a more intense plot than ever before and many different variables at play, this is a great new arc for an already great series.

Pros: Great Plot, Beautiful Art

Cons: Slow Story Pacing

Grade: A


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for 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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