If you’ve been reading the excellent Wrong Earth, you know two key things. One, the superheroes are getting into a groove in their other Dragonflyman’s worlds. Two, this is the last issue until 2020 while the series takes a hiatus. Say it ain’t so, but is this final issue of 2019 good?
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
SEASON FINALE! With their secret identities endangered on both worlds, Dragonfly and Dragonflyman each resort to a shock tactic to protect the other’s status quo! ALSO! An extreme Dragonfly flashback! Plus short stories, illustrations, and more!
Why does this matter?
Tom Peyer and Jamal Igle have delivered a retro take on superheroes, mixing in tons of tropes and fun winks and nods to comic book readers. If you dig superhero books you’re bound to find something to love in this series.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
It’s a crying shame this book won’t be back till 2020 because it’s just now getting its footing as far as both characters and their comfort with the alternate dimensions. Earth-Omega, a far darker and more dangerous world should have put the more innocent and carefree Dragonflyman into a tizzy, but instead, he’s getting new wings in this place. Earth-Alpha has Dragonflyman fully understanding his surroundings and strategizing like a champ even if it’s immoral. It’s fun to see how they both are similar too. Peyer adds a bit of dialogue to foreshadow the fact that they might not be so different. The series so far has explored what makes the Dragonflyman characters different, but also how their worlds are different. This final issue of the season seems to propose adaptation may be taking root for better or worse.
Igle draws yet another good issue. There are splash pages, blood-soaked baddies, and even a rogues attack that’s quintessential of superheroes. It’s also fun to see the use of color by Andy Troy which pops in ways that is reminiscent of an older time in comics. Inks by Juan Castro are great capturing the muscular bodies of our superheroes and the dark corners of Earth-Omega well.
Another crowning achievement of this issue is the cliffhanger, which mixes things up nicely. I did not see this coming and it should be fun to postulate where this series goes from here.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
Dare I say this issue, and the arc comes to think of it, is a big tease? I’ve yet to understand Dragonflyman in the main story (the backups do a pretty good job fleshing out his resolve and tenacious nature) and the character comes off as a bit cartoonish. He’s not quite human and more of a figure of truth and justice.
Is it good?
AHOY Comics kicked off with this series and proved the publisher, and this series is well worth a look. Its first season ends in early 2019 and it ends in such a way to positively infuriate fans because it’s so good.
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