Issue by Issue – Silverblade #9

Writer – Cary Bates
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Steve Mitchell
Colours – Juliana Ferriter
Letters – Carrie Spiegle

The ninth issue of Silverblade is an intriguing issue as Cary Bates and Gene Colan essentially finish off their story by the midway point of the book with a revelation taking place that makes it seem as if reading the previous eight issues was a waste of time. That revelation turns out to be slightly sloppy in execution as that big, overarching story that Bates and company had been telling from the first is quickly wrapped up and proven to be just a movie played out for an audience, many of those being the actors, actresses and those who created it in attendance. Jonathan Lord Jr. is Peter Fogerty while the senior version was played by William Fredricks. Alfie York would take on the role of Milestone, Lenore Russell that of Sandra Stanyon and so on. Bates and Colan would then go on to explain some of the little details of the movie and of how Fogerty, despite having a hit on his hands is not quite content with what ended up on the big screen and thus looks to make some edits. As the book moves into its final act, it definitely gets a little confusing as the lines between this new reality and that of the movie tends to get blurred as some things like Grynn and the Jailer might be real but get mixed up with the stars of the film who may or may not be acting. Is Susan Barker who played Matilda the maid acting or did she really get bitten by a vampire just like in the film and why does she say it was Jonathan Lord who for all accounts and purposes is a fictional character. This is a captivating issue for the fact that Bates has turned everything on its head, but one has to wonder why it took so long to get to this point as this quite possibly could have been a four-issue miniseries instead of the twelve it turned out to be. It is definitely a novel idea to play out the full length of a fictional movie on the page and while it seems ridiculous that the creators of this book would go to that extent, there obviously had to be a reason for doing so, as given some of the events that take place during the conclusion of this issue. Hopefully, as the series moves into its endgame, those lines between fiction and reality will become a little more clear with whatever is happening also coming into focus.

3.5 out of 5

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