‘Lantern City #12:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Welcome to the exciting conclusion of the twelve-issue series of Lantern City.

SPOILERS BELOW

While Terna is busy trying to find a bomb on Killian’s airship, Sander is faced with the unthinkable when his wife threatens to kill her son in order to save Brother Pont.  It’s clear to Sander that someone has drunk too much of the Kool-Aid, and he has to act immediately. (If you do not understand the reference, google “Jim Jones” and “Kool-Aid.”)  Sander kills Pont, igniting an even more lethal situation—all out slaughter; however, he convinces both sides that there is a better way, but his negotiations are disrupted by the appearance of Killian Gray who has a different end-game planned.

The story ends with a sense of completion but leaves it open-ended enough for future series. My only thought is that I really expected Karla, Sander’s wife, to kill herself after Pont died. For someone who is that devoted to the cause, the loss of their leader would be a huge blow, and they would not see any future for themselves, especially after it was so easy to threaten to kill their own child. There was no doubt in my mind that she would be willing to go through with it.

I also liked the character of Terna quite a bit. Though in a minor role, she had a nice, little character arc. Killian was an interesting dichotomy of a guy who could have been a thoughtful and brilliant leader but was a little too in love with establishing his own legacy. (He might also have been a little bonkers). Sander’s leadership abilities could have been established a bit earlier, but his unwilling thrust into heroism fit the Joseph Campbell model perfectly.

I have enjoyed the story immensely, and the art and coloring have been well executed throughout the series.

Kudos to the whole team!

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