By Koppy McFad
September 13, 2009 - 01:39
This issue concludes the miniseries, but not the story of Solomon Grundy, DC Comic's resident undead monster.
As expected, this issue is something of a disappointment. We get a revelation about who murdered Grundy's alter-ego, Cyrus Gold-- but it isn't really much of a surprise. After all, it is not like there were too many other suspects for this crime. But what makes this issue so disappointing is that so many questions go unanswered. Like who was this evil, old man who convinced Gold to make a deal with the devil? We don't find out. The answer is to be revealed in another comic. Are they actually hoping to get Grundy his own book? Will we ever learn the real truth behind Gold's damnation? Are they saving this for another miniseries?
And yet, we did see this conclusion coming. The miniseries has largely been a series of clashes between Grundy and various heroes/villains with a resurrected Cyrus Gold killing and being killed, over and over again. It was exciting but it was also becoming absurd. A good satisfying ending would have made some sense of all this carnage. It would have given meaning to all the suffering that Cyrus Gold had inflicted and endured. But in the end, we did not get that.
The art is consistently good and in intensity and menace, it tries to make up for the failings of the story but it simply isn't enough. Scott Kolins, who did both art and story, maybe outstanding in the former area but falls short in the latter field.
Rating: 5 /10