Issue by Issue – Silverblade #12

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

With the twelfth issue of Silverblade, the maxiseries conceived by Cary Bates and Gene Colan comes to an end, filled with ideas about the physical and metaphysical realms the main characters find themselves in amongst a plethora of other things. It all comes down to the mystical city of Atlantis, lost in time and now being resurrected by the creature called the Executioner. Jonathan Lord and the Jailer lie near death, or at least so it seems until they are not and thanks to Adruu, Milestone and the rest of the crew learn about what happened all those millennia ago during the beginning of this ages-old battle between the two entities. Readers learn that the Jailer is, in fact, the queen of Atlantis herself, and her story unfolds over the course of the book, of battles between enlightened and unenlightened and of how she ultimately failed to save her city thus leading up to where everyone finds themselves now. Suffice it to say, a lot of things happen with every character taking a part in the finish so that when it is all said and done, Bates and Colan can give the book the happy ending one expects with a couple of nice surprises. To say the least, this was a very different series than most, one that would begin as one thing, transform into something else and then collide in a culmination of events that should make readers of the book feel satisfied with the turnout. There might have been a couple of hiccups along the way, but in the end, they would turn out to mean little in the grand scheme of things. The writing from Bates was good, the man crafting an entire world in multiple timelines over the course of the title and the man should be applauded for it. As for Colan, he would bring his expertise to the book and craft a fantastically colourful voyage for readers, packing the series with all manner of characters and situations that one can say were completely entertaining. As a whole, the series is definitely worth reading for something different than the norm with this issue serving as a very interesting climax to it all.

4 out of 5

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