And so, we have reached the end. After over a year of buildup, this is the final issue of Andrez Bergen’s gender-bending disco noir twist on classic literature. It’s been an incredible ride, getting better and better with every issue. It goes without saying that I’ll be sorry to see it go.

“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Everybody loves Cyclops, right? Yeah, probably not. He’s had a long history in comics as the X-Men’s field leader, loyal friend, and in recent years, militant mutant menace. His path has been one of the more interesting ones in comics, especially as of late.  Generally described as the bland, one-dimensional Boy Scout of the X-Men, Cyclops has been mostly defined by a few major events, each of which has caused major division between fans of the franchise: his ongoing feud with the very popular Wolverine; his incredibly complicated love affair with fellow mutant Jean Grey; and (spoilers for the 2012 comics event Avengers vs. X-Men) his murder of father figure Charles Xavier. The Wolverine/Jean/Cyclops love triangle is one of the few things that really carried over into the original X-Men film franchise, relegating Summers from the linchpin of the X-Men to someone who couldn't compete with Hugh Jackman.

We are back with Stephen Stern and Matt and John Yuan’s less-than-efficient team of process servers in Serving Supes, but this time they may have a real shot at success; however, that’s only because they actually have the address of the person they are supposed to serve.

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THIS JUST IN:  Boba Fett and friends have officially taken over Funko’s Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box for the month of May, and there’s only one person for the job to open it—Fanbase Press’ very own contributor, Joshua Desjardins (a.k.a. @Stagedork83)!  Remembering that everything inside is exclusive to this every other month subscription series, Joshua can’t get enough of his new toys, and he needs YOU to help #SpreadTheNerd about his inner Dark Side.  In the meantime, may The Force be with you!

We’re nearing the end of this story arc, and Dirk has just about solved the case of the people who have lost all communication. In the previous issue, we learned that the victims of this strange occurrence respond to music. Now, Dirk just has to perform one final, elaborate test to get to the bottom of exactly what’s happening and why, and stop it once and for all. Oh, and Tamasha Travers and Madluck Biggun, Dirk’s two traveling companions on this adventure, have to have sex.

This was supposed to be the final issue in a four-issue series; however, instead it ends with a “To Be Continued…” and the announcement that the series is now ongoing. I’ve expressed some negativity over this comic in the past and have at times been less than thrilled with the direction it’s gone. So, how do I feel about the fact that it’s now continuing beyond its original limited run? Actually, I’m kind of interested to see the next issue. I guess the comic has me hooked.

This is it: the final issue. Over the last 8 issues, we’ve seen life, death, reincarnation, war, and star-crossed love, spanning across the globe and over countless millennia. I’ve been hooked on this comic since the very first issue, and I’ll be sad to see it go. It does, however, manage to deliver a satisfying ending—which is not an easy feat, especially for a story as complex and intricate as this one.

Best. Comic. Ever. Joyride is a fantastic ride that couldn’t follow up on its first issue any better. Every element and theme I wanted to make a return did, and the character and world development I wanted to see was the meat at the center of this excellent second issue.

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