So David’s poor fiancée never gets a single line. She never even gets to mention he looks twenty-five years younger than the last time she saw him.
Rozum’s not just shortening the series this issue; double-sized or not, he’s hurrying up the storyline. At one point he inexplicably shifts perspective in a way to trick the reader. In addition to creating some tension, he’s also able to hurry things along a great deal.
The beginning of the issue, with David and the Rabbi journeying through the paranormal world (paranormal is what Rozum decides on to call all the magic and supernatural stuff), is lovely. There’s a lot of great details; one wishes Rozum could take the time. A series called Xombi seems the wrong place.
For the last few pages, Rozum returns to his superior first-person narration from David and fakes a satisfying finish to the series.
Hidden Cities, Part Five: Elsewhere; writer, John Rozum; artist, J.J. Birch; colorist, Noelle C. Giddings; letterer, Agnes Pinaha; editor, Jaqueline Ching; publisher, Milestone.