Titan Comics 2015
Created, Written & Illustrated by Jay Gunn
Lettered by Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Erik, hidden within the coral, has used the plasmoids’ technology against them, sending back Megumi in a superhuman body to stop the final wave of coral destruction that will wipe humanity out. Is there still time to save humanity – and are we worth saving?
Part of me is happy and part of me is sad. For now this is a finite story and there was no need to drag it along with more issues and a complete story makes he happy. I’m sad because this world is strange, beautiful and deadly in such wild ways that my imagination and pseudo-science will miss it greatly. Jay created a story, a protagonist and a concept so soundly and completely that this journey we took while all too short has been magical in it’s experience. Plus that he illustrated it himself just meant we got to see exactly what he wanted us to to fully get the most out of this story.
There’s one thing i’m a little sad about though. Naked people are seen throughout but we never really see peen. Sure boobs and such but on the men not so much, this is 2015 and equal opportunity nudity well while not necessary is appreciated. I’d like to think we’ve come to a point where showing a full frontal naked man isn’t an issue anymore but hey i’m not the one depicting the story that’s Jay’s decision.
Otherwise i’m incredibly in awe of both his talent for writing and illustrating. Such incredible imagination on display through both and the simultaneous awe inspiring and fear inducing imagery in these colours just make for a visual marvel.
Meg and Ryan’s last incarnations were simply amazing to witness. With Erik’s help Meg is able to finally be the being he wanted her to be in order to save the human race. The overall thinking on Meg’s part this issue was sharp and on point. Should they be saved at all after what they’ve done to the world and is a second to get it right really what they need? Once the coral’s champion and the final battle with it may have sealed its own fate but the decisions Meg has to face here speak volumes about the way we treat the world today and if it’ll even be here much longer if we don’t action now. Quite the commentary on what we’re doing to the Planet from Jay.
While Megumi is wrestling with her decision it really is nice to see how the people rally around and refuse to let them fight alone. Shauna and Shariq not letting Ryan fight alone was a testament to how good human nature can be. Jay gives us so much to think about here it really is one of the more interesting and diverse things that I am reading at the moment. Then we still see the Selkie’s and the role they play in all this helping their human relatives overcome the Coral’s champion was another act of selflessness that says all life matters and is precious and can be beneficial.
Honestly I was ready for the ending when the whiteness came. I thought it would have been that mysterious ending of not knowing the final outcome. Also it would have left it open for another story sometime when Jay’s ready to tell it. Instead this oversized issue goes further. It really is a complete story and one that ends with the possibility of another should the occasion arise.
I really loved this. It’s unexpected thought provoking look at the world, what has been and what could be and the possibility of what’s out there have enriched my life. Very few books today can claim that.