Boom! Studios 2015
Created & Written by Grant Morrison
Illustrated by Dan Mora
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
So this could be the issue we’ve been waiting for. There are more than a few answers to questions we’ve been asking. Like how did Klaus come to be and how he knows this town and Lady Dagmar and the significance of the bird toy. Wow there is some absolute amazing characterization going on here and it just cements why I love Grant’s writing. From the moment this book start you know that you are going to get more than you bargained for which just makes this series keep getting better and better.
The dialogue and the story itself just keeps you amazed as you go from page to page. With the auspicious birth of Klaus to his and the Lady’s one on one we are taken to a place so well thought out and tied together that this all flows so smoothly. Also it’s what makes this Grant’s own and for me deviates from the cartoon movie that I found so intriguing about this from the start.
So we are disappointed in a few other aspects as well. We see the mines, the workers and the guards as they hear voices, which they ignore and that’s going to come out soon as well because it has to for one and the other I want to think it’s the source of Magnus’ power. Which has to be toppled, but not before we learn what he’s up to this issue. So all this keeps tying in both subtly and overtly keeping us entertained and thinking, the last part yeah it’s important if you don’t think or remember the issue then it’s not worth reading so think and imagine and let what you see take your mind places so you’ll come back and see how close to the mark you are.
Well the fact that the Lady knows this miscreant causing her husband all this stress and seeing how he was born we also see how he and Magnus know each other and how all this comes full circle. It’s an amazingly successful weave of past, present and future here to really grab your attention, keep it and leave you wanting more. Now from the beginning Klaus said he knew this town but you’d never guess how well, including the Lady Dagmar as that history has always been purposefully vague. I love that he hinted at all this then this issue comes along, at the halfway point basically, and Whammo!
The sheer volume of reveals, characterization, character development and key players being brought into things just keeps making this one of the best limited series available today.
Add Dan and his work on the interiors to the mix and suddenly this takes on a whole new level of awesomeness. His attention to detail brings this to life in ways that should astonish readers. His use of pages and panels are distinctly his and they do wonders in keeping the flow of the story easy to follow, while being unique. I really am in sheer awe of what this man can do artistically and I don’t think this would be the same without him.
Boom! still has some of the most unique and unexpected properties coming out.