Cave, Wilddog and Chloe make their way to Sha-Mudlroog, a hidden kingdom beneath the crust of the earth. But there are pitfalls along the way, including the second generation Mole, whose crew has been sent to bring them back. A point Cave raises is they were supposed to be explorers, not soldiers.
It’s a bittersweet reunion when he meets his dead wife’s parents who are unaware of her passing. But for a pro like Oeming, he conveys the shock and mourn accurately, without over dramatizing it, or suggesting these are stoic people whose grief is different from ours.
For a story that is set deep underground, I expect a great deal of dark, muted colors, but kudos to Nick Filardi for maintain a broader spectrum than one might expect. He finds opportunities to brighten his color palette, and insert contrasting colors to the darker hues the setting calls for.
The story is making progress, but perhaps a little slower than I prefer. Maybe I’m spoiled by the bi-weekly schedule of DC’s Rebirth titles, but the once-a-month pace of Cave Carson is agonizingly slow. My own personal preference is to read all the issues of a limited series in one sitting, after it’s run its course. But that’s impossible under the circumstances, and I find it unsettling.