In a story entitled Loss by Jo Duffy and Ricard Vilamonte, Crystar and Moltar are both feeling it, specifically over the inability to reside in Galax – their home and maybe, just a little, over each other. Crystar is also having a bit of guilt on his conscience, for if he had never come to Ogeode’s city of Order, than evil and trouble never would have followed. Thus it is that Crystar decides to take his warriors and leave and head back to Galax while Moltar plans something along the same lines. In this second to last issue of the series, the stage is set for a confrontation between the brothers and Duffy paints it well. Even Lord Feldspar, uncle to the brothers, is about to relent to Moltar and his forces of Chaos, for with Zardeth and the Malachite men on his side, he clearly has the superior force and they have promised to lay waste to everything should Feldspar not relent. What is most surprising is that while the local populace was first wary of Crystar and his men, they are now willing to join forces and fight for what they believe in and that just so happens to be Crystar and not his brother. It is a bit sudden to see the Galaxians do as such, especially given all that has happened, but with the series ending, it looks as if Duffy had to speed a few things along the way and this being one of them. Vilamonte’s pencils are stunning in this issue with Moltar never looking better or more fearsome while the Malachite Warriors have never been scarier with their elaborate costumes and their foreboding presence. One thing you have to wonder is that when all is said and done after the big battle, because there will be a bit battle, is if everyone will be transformed back to their normal selves or if they will remain as they are now. Big and interesting things are happening courtesy of Duffy and Vilamonte and the final issue should be one to remember.
4 out of 5