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The Massive #6 [Dark Horse Comics] Review

Posted on November 17, 2012 AT 07:56pm

The second arc of Brian Wood’s newest series The Massive has finally arrived, and while things are still not too great Post-Crash, the comic itself is still going strong. The finale to “Black Pacific” ends with the “Micronesia” issue, and Callum Israel is still going through quite a bit on his voyage upon the Kapital to find its sister ship, The Massive, a journey which seems more and more hopeless with each passing issue.

At the moment, the task of finding The Massive is on the back-burner, as the crew, namely Cal, Mary and Mag, have more pressing needs: food, water, weapons and the like.  This sends Mag and Georg on a raiding mission on a nearby ship, which was assumed to be abandoned, in search of those vital supplies. This issue also gives quite a bit of insight into the young life of Mag Nagendra, who hasn’t had the most relaxed of lives. He’s suffered much hardship, from being a hired driver to armed forces in Pakistan to working at Blackbell with Cal. It also shows Cal as he finally tires of the work he was doing at Blackbell, right before he moves on to the Ninth Wave.

Brian Wood, after six issues, really gets into the motivations of several of the main characters in this issue, and how they came to be where they are when the series begins. The monotone color of the flashbacks has been improved as well, going into several colors, though each separate instance uses a single primary color of its own. These flashbacks seem less of a distraction than in previous issues, and add more depth to the story then they have in the past. While the present life of the crew in this issue is less of a focus, the shift to collect character depth brings forth a pleasant and welcome change.

The art team of Garry Brown and Dave Stewart are also up to task this issue, though Brown’s interior work is a bit plain at times. Many of the interior pages look a bit bland, especially when the characters themselves are at a distance, when anatomical lines are a bit messy, and sometimes not even connected to the rest of the basic outline. Stewart’s colors have improved, however. The muted blues and greys of the past are less frequent, and while some of the brighter colors are still a bit flat, there are more of them and are spread out better.

Summary: This series has only a half a dozen issues, but it’s been quite good so far, and continues to deliver with each new entry to the series. Cal is an interesting character whose story only begins to get more engrossing as more is learned about his life and the post-apocalyptic nightmare he and the rest of the world live in. The end of the “Black Pacific” storyline wasn’t closed off in any major way, leaving many more questions than answers, but that also means that a lot of room is left for more to happen to the crew of the Kapital. Hopes are that the next arc brings forth a bit more in progression of the story, as well as good news, as Cal and the crew hasn’t seen much of that as of late.

  • THE GOOD: Interesting Story, Well-Explored Character Depth
  • THE BAD: Flat, Muted Coloring Throughout
  • THE UGLY: Lack Of Detail In Interior Art, Especially At Distant Perspectives

Score: 8.0

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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