Issue by Issue – The Coven Vol. 2 #3

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

The last issue of the series ends with a bit of a whimper as those who gathered together as members of The Coven find themselves sitting on a plane, pondering thoughts of who they are, where they are going and of what has happened of late. As it often does, the team falls asleep and each one of them, in turn, have nightmares of the worst kind, of their pasts coming back to haunt them and so it is that they do battle, not knowing if it is real or not until they finally wake up. It is interesting enough, it furthers the characterization of the team and its members, digging into what makes them who they are and it is definitely something that is needed in the book and if this was not the final issue, it would definitely help to play into future events as the team is already fractious at best. As it is though, there would be no proper continuation of the series, though they would appear in Ian Churchill’s Lionheart book before some of the members would move on to Avatar from Awesome. Even worse, is that the book was left on a bit of a cliff-hanger and there were so many unresolved storylines that fans would be left hanging, quite possibly forever as it is doubtful that anyone would ever go back to tie them all up. The artwork is good and the story is decent, it simply could have been so much more if it had not been cancelled, for whatever reason. Suffice it to say, a whimper is better than nothing but it is a bit of a shame readers could not have seen more.

3 out of 5

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