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‘Hadrian’s Wall #6:’ Comic Book Review

Simon Moore’s situation seems to keep getting worse and worse with each issue of Hadrian’s Wall. He’s been given the runaround, betrayed, tricked, and manipulated by members of the crew, as it relates to the death of Edward Madigan, a member of the team, as well as the husband of his ex-wife, Annabelle. This would be enough for anyone to deal with, but there’s also the lingering problem of Simon’s pill addiction. Oh, and rebels from the Earth-settled planet Theta have taken over the ship, making things much more difficult. Good times, it seems, for Simon.

This issue is tossing us right into the crescendo of the series, as it ends with the finale in issue #8. This issue focuses on the reasoning as to why the Thetan rebels are on the ship at all, what their secret allies on the Hadrian’s Wall – Selina and Marshall – have told them, and who really killed Edward Madigan.

A floating spaceship is a great place to hold a murder mystery, and with Annabelle being the most likely culprit for Edward’s murder, matters are getting more and more complicated. Despite the obvious reasoning, there seem to be other factors at play here that will really change the perspective on this series, as well as the motivations of each character as they work with and against each other for their own gains.

Writers Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel have crafted a brilliant story here, creating a truly captivating story that has really ramped up as it’s gone on. A lot of credit goes to them for spinning a truly suspenseful web, but that’s only half of a terrific creative team.

The rest of the credit goes to Rod Reis, the main artist on the book, as well as letterer Troy Peteri and designer Rich Bloom. While Reis gets an art assist from Eduardo Ferigato on this issue, Reis has been the driving visual force behind this series. The oil-like way the characters are colored, the sharp lines, the muted – but rich – colors . . . everything blends together for a beautiful combination of art that brings out the best in the story.

A lot can be said about a good limited series, but they are best judged as a whole, not in parts. While each different portion of this series has proved to be better than the last, the real treat will be seeing it in a single, glorious trade paperback. This will be one of those stories that will be looked back on as a tightly crafted, entertaining read once everything wraps up.

Russ Pirozek, Fanbase Press Contributor



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