Written by Chondra Echert & Claudio Sanchez
Illustrated by Daniel Bayliss
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: 9/17/2014
*Que Ugly Crying* Well it’s over, the tale of good and evil has come to a close with this week’s final issue of Translucid, and I can’t say that I have ever been more upset about the ending of a series. The grand finale of this amazing run will have you starting all over again.
The Horse finally gets to dive deep into the mind of The Navigator and reveal what we’ve been wanting to know all along…why? I must say I wasn’t disappointed with the outcome, Sanchez and Echert truly took something I loved so quickly and turned it into more than I could have imagined. I will admit the previous issue left me a little perplexed and I was left in slight worry that my favorite series was going to be ending on a less than glorious note, but oh was I so wrong. I should have never doubted that something so well thought out would end on any note but incredible.
After initially reading the final issue I wasn’t sure how I felt. I expected something bigger, something more profound, but then it clicked…this was how it should end, how it had to end. This story, one that has taken us through the burden and pain of two unforgettable characters, dissecting to the core what it truly meant to be a hero, to be a villain, had to end with us contemplating if the entirety of their struggle was worth it. It was, in my opinion, a great journey showing what makes characters like these tick, and when the event occurs one isn’t living up to his expectations can the other continue to function. I cannot describe enough how much I love this book.
The art in this book is already in a league of its own, but I feel Stokely really brought it home with this cover. It truly helped conveyed the conclusion without using any words at all, and I think without Bayliss’ portrayal of these characters and their environment even the amazing words of this book would be slightly less impactful. The neon color used in this book really catches your eye and leaves you lingering on the page even after the words have ended, just to take in all the detail and excitement.
I am so sad to see this title end but I plan on giving it another read through before I finally say goodbye. I recommend everyone else do the same. Claudio and Chondra really know how to create a story that keeps you guessing and thanks to them I feel like everyone has a better insight into the world of good vs evil and that everyone should love thy nemesis.