reviews by Charlie Wentling
writer: Barbara Kesel
artists: June Brigman and Tom Simmons
council isn't happy that Sephie was able to take control of
their island so easily. Aided by a mysterious hooded stranger
with a hidden agenda, the council plots to make her life more
scheme is to distract Sephie by making her name a successor.
To a degree, it works. Sephie thinks back on her relationship
with Jad (who she believes is dead), and wonders what other
sacrifices she will need to make to keep power.
the council's plot seems rather silly and trite. It hasn't
been defined exactly how much power that a Minister actually
holds, but it's doubtful that someone in Sephie's position
could be influenced to such a degree. Because of her youth,
the fact that Sephie doesn't have an heir should be irrelevant.
All of these machinations look like a clichéd way of
setting up another love triangle when Sephie learns that Jad
is still alive.
writer: Ron Marz
artists: Bart Sears and Mark Pennington
showcases General Ryuichi's valiant effort to defend Nayado
from the hordes of Shinacean invaders. Everyone thinks that
Nayado is doomed, including Ryuichi himself. The Shinacean
army has one hundred times more soldiers. Defeat seems inevitable
for Ryuichi, but he refuses to give up. Obo-San makes only
a token appearance.
showcases Bart Sears' art. Whether this is a good thing or
not depends on whether you like the darker, rougher style
that he uses on The Path. Sears seems to be going for
an epic feel, but many of the panels are murky enough that
I had trouble following the action. As a whole, feels bloated,
even with only a small amount of dialogue.
the story takes a turn in the last panel. The issue would
have been better if this had happened back on page eight or
writers: Mark Waid and Scott Beatty
artists: Butch Guice and
and Emma pursue Lightbourne through the crumbling city of
Partington. By flooding the caves beneath the city, Lightbourne
inflicted an impressive amount of damage. Emma quickly and
predictably becomes separated from Simon. Stumbling through
the city, she encounters random associates and eventually
rejoins Simon at his headquarters. They have a "final"
confrontation with the irrational Lightbourne.
a decent issue last month, Ruse takes another turn
for the worse. Both Simon and Lightbourne come across as idiots.
The plot is almost non-existent, with none of the normal mysteries
or surprises. The dialogue shows that Scott Beatty knows how
to use a thesaurus but lacks the wit that Waid employed. (Though
given co-plotting credit, Waid respectfully disavows participation
in this finale.) Guice's artwork is good but not outstanding.
chapter on Lightbourne now closed, hopefully the series will
move on to better things.