Going to the Chapel comes to a close in a satisfying way, but I craved at least a few more pages (which is always a good sign when you leave readers wanting more). The series has depicted the most hair-brained robbery featuring a family that would make the Bluths blush. Here, they are as senile and well-intentioned as ever, and the Bad Elvis gang gets their comeuppance (kind of). As for Emma and Tom, they might live happily ever after.
The entirety of Going to the Chapel seemed to serve as a metaphor for feeling trapped in a relationship, something that many readers may have experienced and may be able to identify with. Using a wedding as the framework for this metaphor is certainly an interesting way to portray the fear of being trapped in a relationship that you aren’t sure you want. Writer Pepose took an allegorical approach to relationships, showing that we may still feel and miss those that were in our past, but, sometimes, we have to move on. It’s not that we’re moving onto someone better, but rather moving on to someone who is able to complement who the person we've come to be. Jesse )the perfect cinnamon roll that’s too pure for this world) only wants what’s best for Emma, and he explains this through what I think is the perfect metaphor: Blueprints change, but what you finally build with the right person is what’s important.
Emma’s grandmother is still hilarious, and all of the other party-goers are just absolutely a riot, most notably the sheriff.
Going to the Chapel ended in the only way that it should have: out of left field with an absurd intensity that’s on par with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It doesn’t go the way you think it will, but rather the way it’s supposed to. It’s a series that examines all aspects of a relationship and digs at an uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, we miss our old relationships, but that doesn’t mean we should go back to them.
Creative Team: David Pepose (writer); Gavin Guidry (art); Liz Kramer (colors); Ariana Maher (letters)
Publisher: Action Lab: Danger Zone
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