Creator/Writer- Sean Kelley McKeever
Creator/Artist- Alexandre Tefenkgi
Colorist- Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer- Ariana Maher
Sam and Alea have finally come face to face with the creature living beneath the outpost. In the meantime, things up top continue to get out of hand.
Alright, so, I’m a little sad. The next issue is going to be the last one and I’m going to miss this series when it’s over. This issue was really good though. While it’s sad that the series is almost over, at least it’s ending on a high note.
One of the things I like about this issue is that it brought back the thing that started all of this. Way back at the beginning of the series, a boy named Steven died. Most people at the outpost were convinced he committed suicide. Alea didn’t believe that that was what happened. She knew something was up, so she started investigating. This led her to Sam who is the only one to know what Steven’s last words were.
Sam and Alea have spent the rest of the series trying to figure out all the weird stuff that’s going on and how it connects to Steven’s death. We get regular reminders that Alea is doing this to find out what happened to Steven. It’s a mystery that’s been hanging over us since the beginning and we finally seem to be getting close to the answer. Answers will soon be upon us and there is a nice dramatic build to the reveal. It’s helped by the fact that we’ve never gotten the chance to forget that this is what Alea has been looking for. We care about discovering these answers.
The political tensions from the last issue are still there. We also get more scenes of characters finding terrible ways of dealing with their trauma and depression. Which is sad and I don’t know if that’s going to be dealt with in a meaningful way by the end of the next issue. It might just be there for us to think about when the series is over. Which I think is a good thing. Stuff like that happens in real life all the time and people as a whole don’t seem to think about it very often. Reading a story about topics like that might encourage you to think more about the people in your own life who might need support and that’s a good thing.