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The Massive #15 [Dark Horse Comics] Review

Posted on August 26, 2013 AT 07:57pm

The finale to the increasingly intense “Americana” arc is officially coming to a close, with Cal and the Ninth Wave team still trying to get their way out of New York as pirates chase them and they chase the equally dangerous former crew member, Georg, who just happens to have quite a bit of nuclear payload inside his stolen submarine. Bad news for not only the crew of the Kapital, but for the world itself.

This is a pretty intense issue, as the conflict with Georg comes to a close, with surprising results. As Cal and his crew attempt to make their way past the helicopters that threaten them, Mag tries to talk some sense into Georg, who is sitting around, waiting to unload his nuclear cargo. With the planet as fragile as it is, this is more dangerous than ever, as it would likely send the fragile ecosystem of the planet into a terminal tailspin.

Writer Brian Wood has been great on this series thus far, and while this built up into an incredibly intensity, it somehow felt disappointing with how the arc ended. Something that had a lot of possibility for a major conflict wound up not being so important, and brought the whole tone of not only the issue, but the entire arc down in the process. While this was still a great installment, it feels like more could have been done.

There’s not a lot to say about Garry Brown and Jordie Bellaire, the art team for this book. Their work is always right on point, especially with Bellaire’s choices of massive pages of blues and yellows as indicators of tone in a scene. This is a great team that only continues to get better as they work together, so congratulations to them on another great performance.

Summary: With another great showing on art and with the end of another arc of this superb book, The Massive does something it doesn’t often do: disappoint. The arc ended on a low note, not having the kind of impact that it should have, given the circumstances. That being said, this is still a wonderful book that everyone should be reading.


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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