Posted on February 20, 2013 AT 08:09pm
The finale to the latest arc in Brian Wood’s The Massive is here, and the conclusion to the “Subcontinental” arc is definitely one that will be felt for a long time in the series. With the group still trapped on Moksha Station after the results of Part Two and many other members of the Kapital showing increasing signs of having their own agenda, Cal seeks to escape and take down the so-called utopia that is Moksha Station.
Brian Wood has been a monster on this series thus far (and that is meant with the highest of compliments), writing captivating and engaging tale of trial and tragedy in the heart of a worldwide collapse. While most of the trials thus far have been in the realm of the physical (dealing with Post-Crash issues and the violence of those who wish to take advantage of a world gone wrong), this issue deals with mental and emotional ramifications of the trying times for many of the members of the Kapital, including a bombshell in regards to the Ninth Wave leader, Callum Israel. The writing in this issue is terrific, progressing a hard hitting story that lacks in the usual action that the series has become known for. Wood has taken an idea of his own and created a dreary but dynamic world, and so far, has yet to disappoint.
Garry Brown and Dave Stewart continue to make a dynamic team in the artwork department. While the details and lighting are not as robust as some of the titles in the bigger publications, the shadowing and chosen color palette continue to bring out the dark and dreary world that Cal and his crew live in, Post-Crash. While some of the blurred or nearly invisible facial structures in the distance shots are a bit frustrating, there is very little to be negative to say about this issue, or any of the work done by the art team in general.
Summary: With some major character development forthcoming, this series is going to be in it for the long haul. While there is still not enough focus on the mission at hand (looking for the Massive), the slow reveals of the motives of the crew members nearly makes up for it. The story in this title has taken a dramatic turn in this issue, and the upcoming “Breaker” arc should be another great addition to this already incredible series.
The Good: Great Writing And Story Development
The Bad: Story Diverts From Main Premise Too Often
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