The cover proclaims this final issue as a “collectors’ item.” Until the epilogue, it’s unclear why. In an amazing turn, Ka-Zar and Shanna end up in the League of Cancelled Marvel comics, or something along those lines. It’s pretty funny.
Too bad Neary’s art is awful.
Otherwise, it’s a silly sci-fi issue with Ka-Zar being the savior of these human hostages in an interstellar prison camp. They’re being drained of adrenaline, which makes them unlikely to revolt. But, of course, Ka-Zar does.
Oh, and Shanna’s pregnant. Not sure if she ever gave birth… it’d be awesome if it was Peter Parker’s kid.
Anyway, the series comes to a lousy end. For these Carlin, Neary and Fingeroth issues, one could never guess the series was once good, much less sublime.
Oddly, Carlin’s explanation of the aliens is decent. Or, at least, unpredictable.
But unpredictability doesn’t make up for the rest..
The art combination of Nolan and Trevor Scott is hilarious. Nolan did all right before, so I guess Scott’s not particularly good at “finishing.” The lady with the eye patch changes bra sizes about nine times throughout the comic, but her hand remains bigger than her torso throughout. And the silver-haired Blackhawk commander changes age multiple times in a scene.
Speaking of the commander, why doesn’t he do anything? Mocking the art is easy and fun because there are some awful panels, but the real problem is Costa. He can’t even tell a joke.
He can, however, rip off Alien 4 for one of his plot details. Or maybe it was Alien³….
There’s also a wasteful interlude with two kidnapped Blackhawks members. Only none of them are distinctive except Patch Girl (the biggest G.I. Joe rip-off) and Silverhead, so who cares?
Makes me wish craptacular was a word.
Carlin’s destruction of the series seems to be complete now. In this issue, he reduces Shanna to a helpless damsel. He’s got Ka-Zar running around thinking about how he’s going to save after she falls victim to an absurdly drawn out incident.
But this moronic event occurs halfway through the issue, until then it’s just Shanna being a stupid female, ignoring her obviously smarter man.
For the first couple pages, it almost looked like Neary’s art was improving. It doesn’t, however. I’m just trying to think of good things about the comic. This issue ends with a note from the editor announcing its cancellation. Strangely, the editor, Danny Fingeroth, takes no responsibility… and he really should. The series has gone, albeit slowly, to pot since he took it over.
There’s one nearly good moment, with Ka-Zar and Shanna watching “television.” The punchline’s cute. It saves the comic from being entirely worthless.