And so Rozum promised a lot, maybe without realizing it, from this issue and he delivers. He delivers more than I hoped.
He seems to get how important it is for Xombi to finally be about the protagonist. This issue, the supernatural oddness of the last four are almost forgotten; their brief mentions are all to remind they exist in an otherworldly realm David doesn’t primarily inhabit.
Rozum narrates it first person, from David’s point of view. It’s the first time he’s really gotten inside the character and he sends him on a tragic, but redemptive issue.
My cynical side says this issue should have been the second one, but the time in between this one and the first makes it all the more affecting. Birch is a lot more on target here too, without all the supernatural elements.
It’s a great comic book and sets Xombi’s bar rather high.
Silent Cathedrals, Epilogue: Resurrection; writer, John Rozum; artist, J.J. Birch; colorists, Noelle C. Giddings and Andrew Burrell; letterer, Agnes Pinaha; editor, Dwayne McDuffie; publisher, Milestone.