Scott Free and Big Barda spend one last day together before he is executed by Orion the new Highfather of New Genesis. Will Barda be able to convince Scott to stay and escape death one last time?
This issue was the one of that played with many of the Judeo-Christian concepts introduced in Jack Kirby’s Fourth World saga. While having sex in bondage with Barda, Scott emulates Jesus Christ about to be executed for our sins on the cross. Later, he pounders several notions from Pascal Descartes’s famous dictum “I think therefore I am” and how that relates to the existence of God, a God Scott wishes were good and purer that would not play tricks on us and help us alleviate our doubts.
But the real god Scott has to face is his surrogate brother Orion who is now the leader of new Genesis and the ultimate god for Scott and Barda. While Scott is not begging for mercy to this evil god, he is hoping somehow that there will be an escape for him. This escape comes from Big Barda, it turns out.
This issue was very good because Tom King mixed scenes of domesticity with existentialism, and some sex and violence to round up everything!
As usual, Mitch Gerads played the accomplice to King in this story whose narrator in hindsight is very godly and very obvious. The repetitions of panels using the nine-panel grid with little changes and a lot or reused frames in subsequent pages create much familiarity in a story that can be difficult to grasp if read literally.