In Review: Threshold #8

The cover: Terrific image of citizens looking at a giant screen projecting Caul dead on the ground. This is the final issue of the of the series, so is this really the end of The Hunted’s star? Cool cover by Howard Porter and Hi-Fi! Overall grade: A

The story: Two stories, as always, both by Keith Giffen. The first is “Annihilation” featuring Green Lantern Caul. When last we saw our hero he was teleported out of last issue’s action by who knows to who knows where. We start in the middle of an office as several guards are trying to take Caul down. He fights them off and makes to leave until encountering a guide. This woman leads him through the building, saying he has no free will, proving the point by saying something random which Caul immediately repeats. We then go to our supporting characters who are upstaged by their bartender, which then breaks the fourth wall. In fact, the entire story breaks the fourth wall. You’ll either love this or not. I’m a huge Giffen fan, but this story seemed like a cosmic washing of the hands of the previous seven months. Things are resolved, but there will be no going back to these characters or this setting. I could’ve rolled with this ending if I didn’t think Giffen winking so hard at his in-jokes on the comic book industry. I was just so disappointed. Star Hawkins’ final story ends much more satisfactorily. He’s confronting Lady Styx and things don’t go as planned, obviously. Ilda is still the scene stealer as Star’s doing all he can to get out of his situation alive. The final reveal wasn’t too big a surprise, but his final line was too much. I would’ve been happier if Ambush Bug had appeared to end all of this. Overall grade: Both C-

The art: Terrific art is to be found in both stories. The Hunted’s first ten pages are by Phil Winslade and the final ten by Tom Raney. Caul is awesomely done by both. Winslade’s female guide is a knockout and his aliens and soldiers tops. I was also really impressed with his backgrounds, with the interior of the office very detailed. Raney gets Caul talking primarily with one person for his pages. They’re sharp, but I wish it had been more than a conversation, since I know he can do great stuff; which he shows expertly on the final page. I know he can do great stuff; which he shows expertly on the final page. I’ll miss both of these artists on a monthly basis. I hope they appear in other books soon. Timothy Green II, penciller, and Joseph Silver, inker, are also terrific on Star Hawkins’ final adventure. I love Styx, Star and the stooges. And once Star gets outside, the details in the settings are great! Overall grade: Both A+

The colors: The grey, dull, mundane colors of the office highlight our heroes in Andrew Dalhouse’s work. Caul glows on every page, as does the individual that appears on Page 10. Hi-Fi also does super work on Star Hawkins. The blues and purples on Styx and company just makes them look all the more alien. I also like how Styx’s dialogue balloons got a specific color. Overall grade: Both A+

The letters: A fantastic job is also done by Dave Sharpe, who does both stories. Great dialogue and tremendous sound effects that other books must look at in envy. Overall grade: A+

The final line: A sad, unfunny ending, undone by a writer who obviously throws in the towel. Great visuals, though. Overall grade: C+

 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years. He’s since moved to a high school, where he taught 9th graders, and is currently teaching 10th grade. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.

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