Written by Marc Andreyko
Illustrated by Emmanuel Xerx Javier
Coloured by Juan Manuel Tumburus
What a rollercoaster ride this story has been but the maxi-series is finally at an end and that makes me happy and sad at the same time. Over the past year we’ve gotten to see Boone’s journey unfold before our eyes from a man lost, running and searching for where he belongs in the world. He’s faced trials and tribulations aplenty to get to where he is now and it appears not even death was ready to claim him. Marc’s interpretation of Clive Barker’s classic story has laid the groundwork and opened up a whole new world ready to be explored.
I really rather enjoyed seeing Boone’s re-emergence into the world. As a part of the Nightbreed it seems those wounds are forever etched into his body and that’s interesting to me. Though really I guess this is Boom and penis shots are out of the question because seeing him in the void naked as he was escaping death as his body was finally healed so he could rejoin his people was great stuff. Still in this day and age i’m a little surprised at the hesitation to show a man’s penis I mean c’mon now.
One of the great things about this series is the Breed the different people who we’ve meet and have only seen peripherally. The imagination that we see here from Emmanuel bringing them to life has been extraordinary some downright frightening others beautifully creepy but all of them full of life showing us that looks don’t define a person it’s what inside that does. I do hope we see more of these characters now in mini-series detailing more of their origins for certain individuals by Emmanuel and Marc.
You just can’t keep a good villain down can you and Ashberry has plagued them for far too long. His grit and determination to end his own suffering by ending the Breed has reached a fevered pitch. It really is full of irony what his ultimate fate is, Hey Alanis this what Ironic means! So I have to say he’ll forever be a testament to Boone and the fact that he is meant to be Cabal and his rule of the Breed hopefully starts with a long peaceful run. Though let’s hope not because I want to see more of these characters and the next chapter in their lives as people come to seek them out to either destroy, praise or join them. Maybe we’ll get another person whose journey needs to bring him/her to Boone and his people.
Actually this issue has a lot going on and while it wraps up the current story very nicely it does leave itself wide open for more stories down the road. Boone was in a coma for eight months in a caccoon healing, so his hair got longer but he didn’t grow any facial hair which seems to odd to me but i’ll roll with it. Also that he ran around looking for Lori completely naked and all we get is one nice butt shot yeah that’s disappointing as well. Still we rarely get such a happy ending as this one brought to us. Family isn’t who you are born into it is who you surround yourself with, those who accept you flaws and all and will go to the four corners for you, won’t sugar coat things and when you find those people you fight to keep them in your life. It’s a wonderful message and in this day and age one more important than ever before.