With his attackers in pursuit, Malcolm retreats into a deep, long-forgotten cave where he encounters an ancient evil!
As with issue #2, readers are given the good and the questionable. On the one hand, this chapter gave us a wonderful ancient carving that served as both guide and trap. Moreover, the pencils, inks, and colors used in the entire cave system sequence were beautiful.
I had two story issues, though. First, issue #1 established a very specific identity, referenced in show canon, for one of the antagonists. However, during their first face-to-face, Malcolm gave this person a different name. I don’t like retcons or continuity glitches, but it’s obvious the Barrowmans are giving us one of the two. My second issue is purely subjective. The antagonists used fire to goad a bat colony in the cave system into attacking Merlyn and Company. Narratively, the bats are then blamed for what happened. I hope the bats are given the same consideration the llama got in subsequent issues or there’s a real double standard.
Structurally, this was a solid transition chapter, and they’ve peaked my curiosity. I wish this was a weekly series.
Carole E. Barrowman
- There's either a continuity glitch or a retcon coming.