Issue by Issue – Silverblade #10

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

With a big swerve thrown by the creators in the last issue, they do so again by revealing that all is perhaps not what it seems. Discovering this is not only the reader but the characters as well and it is executed perfectly by writer Cary Bates and artist Gene Colan. With the last issue being somewhat confusing, readers had to wonder just what it was that Bates and company were trying to do and it is here that things finally begin to make sense. The fictional world of Jonathan Lord and the real one where Peter Fogerty exists are not exactly that, so much so that Fogerty begins to question just why it is that he seems so confused as to who he really is. It is something that is also felt by Alfie, who despite knowing he was just in the Silverblade film and whose character Milestone was having conversations with a mystical being called Grynn, is doing the exact same thing with the cameras having long stopped rolling. Alfie knows that there is something wrong, that something is going on and he believes that everything he is experiencing now is a lie and he means to somehow prove to his friends that what he thinks is true. As for Fogerty, he is sinking into a depression from which he is unable to escape without a bit of help as everything around him is confusing him far more than it should. The other stars of the film are finding themselves in a similar state as it seems Matilda the vampire is real and there is a witch who should not be and yet is. Bates blurs the lines between what is and is not perfectly, presenting his characters with a conundrum that requires a solution, though just what that might be is the question. Alfie seems to be the only person who realizes that it is action that is called for and when the opportunity presents itself, at the Oscars ceremony no less, he takes it with a decisiveness that his character has not been known for. So it is that Brian Vane enters the stage once more, still a ghost and proof that this ‘real’ world may not, in fact, be as such. What happens next is a cliff-hanger involving Fogerty/Lord that will either spell success or doom. Out of all the books in this series as of yet, Bates and Colan have crafted a truly spellbinding issue that keeps readers guessing and wanting more when all is said and done.

4 out of 5

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