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The Massive #16 [Dark Horse Comics] Review

Posted on October 24, 2013 AT 02:21pm

Things just keep getting worse for Callum Israel and the crew of The Kapital. With everything going with Cal’s illness, the search for their sister ship The Massive and the rigors of trying to save the world despite the fact that is basically already ended, the crew of the Ninth Wave ship are in very troubled waters. This is a common theme of the book, and despite the bleak description, one of the reasons why this book is so engrossing and so entertaining.

Cal is a stubborn, stubborn man and despite being sick to the point of living out his last days, he refuses to stop, rest or give up on anything he’s been fighting for. This is a trait that is both admirable and incredibly stupid, and so far has gotten Cal into a good deal of trouble. Most of which he’s brought upon himself. This issue is an homage to the recklessness of being so steadfast in your convictions, and Cal is really looking as though he’s going to pay the price.

Brian Wood is writing a long, winding and terrific story about the bleakness of life after the end of the world. With Cal slowly dying, Wood is taking everything away from our protagonist, and only adding more and more struggle to his life as he continues trying to save a world that is no longer able to save itself. This issue really put Cal in a bad place, and while Wood has shown impressive w0rld-building skills in creating a world that has completely crumbled, and those who are forced to live in it.

The team of Garry Brown and Jordie Bellaire have kept this book looking as great as it always has, with Belliare working nearly every book in the industry right now. She does terrific work, however, keeping the dull color palette and the dreary atmosphere intact. Brown has done some fine work as well, keeping the rough but detailed world looking as bleak but entertaining as the last fifteen issues.

Summary: The world is getting darker and darker in the world of The Massive, and with their fearless leader looking as though he’s not going to be around to steer the ship too much longer. The artwork is impressive, with Brown and Bellaire making an impressive team. With this arc, more danger is coming to the crew of The Kapital, and with it comes cracks in the armor of Callum Israel. This is making for an impressive run of a terrific and thought-provoking comic.

Pros: Terrific story, great artwork.

Cons: N/A

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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