Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Ron Guillory
Release Date: 1st July, 2015.
I’m a mixed bag of emotions!
I mean, honestly, fifty issues in we were due a pay-off of some kind by now, but its safe to say this one was done in true Layman style. Following on from literally the previous forty-nine issues, Tony Chu comes face to face with The Collector. Then … stuff happens. Hey, you know how we do things here, we don’t spoil, but it’s safe to say that I genuinely did not see that end coming, and I’m glad that I can still say that after fifty issues of the book.
It leaves us (the reader) at a strange point now though, because the series is now in its ‘grand finale’ stage. There are only two volumes left until it’s all done, and I really don’t see how everything is going to get fitted in. Are questions going to be left unanswered? Only John Layman knows.
Rob Guillory’s unique art style has been a staple of the series since the very first issue and has come on leaps and bounds since then. It’s just comicbooky enough to make it comical, but makes sure to occasionally hit out with brutal “NSFW” splash pages that remind you this books purely for adults. Also, I want Flaming Poyo on my wall (Flaming Poyo, new band name! I called it!).
While the tale itself seems to have a marmite quality to it, I’m definitely in the ‘love it’ camp. I love the ridiculous names that other Cibopaths have, I love the art style, I love that it still surprises me, and I love that there’s only two volumes left. After that, it will be complete and I’ll know the ending (I better know the ending!)
Rating: A very solid, well earned 5/5.