Issue by Issue – The Coven #6

Writer – Jeph Loeb
Artist – Ian Churchill
Inker – Norm Rapmund
Colours – Richard & Tanya Horie
Letters – Liz Agraphiotis

The sixth and final issue of the first volume of The Coven has all the benefits of the previous issue as well as its negatives. While it reads briskly and is set at a good pace, there are few pages than most books that were published at the time of its release and so reads even faster due to that fact. The story by Jeph Loeb is one that continues right off of the last one and all is concluded well enough as Fantom who has taken control of Scratch and Spellcaster is herself freed from the spell she was put under by and everything ends on a positive note. Most of the action would come from Spellcaster and Scratch who would end up battling each other but it would be over quickly as more Goblyns would enter the picture, these ones seemingly in charge of the ones who went rogue. Loeb does a fine job of it and Ian Churchill provides some of his best pencils yet to wrap the story up nice and neat, though the two of them do leave it on a cliff-hanger, not to mention they leave some plot threads unresolved from both this story and the one which came before. What is going on with the Pentad, what is going on with Christina, what is going on with Blackmass, who is the stranger looking for Christina and where or when will any of this continue on are just some of the questions that readers might have when finishing this issue. That being said, out of all the books in the series, this was by far one of the better ones, both in terms of story and art and simply for the fact that it was far more straightforward in terms of plot, characterization and so forth. The series overall could have and should have been a lot better, especially considering Loeb was at the helm. The fact that in six issues there were two separate stories where the first was rushed and somewhat unfinished while the second had nothing to do with what had come before is also quite strange. At the end of the day, it was a strange reading experience but it would end better than how it all began.

3 out of 5

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