Chronicles of Wormwood 5 (June 2007)

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And here’s where Vertigo could have made more sensational news than in its entire history… Ennis’s God is a compulsive masturbator. I’d forgotten.

Burrows really captures the full page reveal beautifully, as well as Jimmy’s reaction to it.

There’s a bunch of great scenes this issue (as usual). Whether it’s Danny beating Judas to death or running into his ex-girlfriend, Ennis is on the top of his game. The ex-girlfriend scene is touching and sensitive and good writing. The Judas scene is a little different. Ennis sets Judas up as an unrepentant jerk (which sort of sells Wormwood a little to Christians, doesn’t it?) and his beat-down is glorious. Ennis learned how to make visceral violence rewarding on Preacher and just utilizes that skill again here.

Jimmy gets a lot of great lines in; he could support his own series.

As the penultimate issue, it works great.

CREDITS

The Centre Cannot Hold; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Jacen Burrows; colorist, Andrew Dalhouse; publisher, Avatar Press.

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Chronicles of Wormwood 4 (June 2007)

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Ennis is clearly gearing things up here for the finish, which is appropriate, I suppose, as he is in the second half of the series.

The beginning is more of the boys in Hell on their road trip (Jay eventually gets sick) while Satan and Pope Jacko hang out and try to figure out how to get armageddon started. There’s a lot of expository dialogue here from Satan about the history of Christianity. Ennis pulls it off, but he’s basically just on a soap box. It works… it’s just obvious.

Then the boys get back to New York and Ennis introduces another character who figures into the whole apocalypse thing. It’s a side story, one with some really funny details and opportunities to deepen Jay’s character (very sublimely, I’ll add) and give Jimmy some good lines.

The hard cliffhanger exemplifies creating tension without action.

Ennis continues to do great work.

CREDITS

Like a Bat Out of Hell I’ll Be Gone; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Jacen Burrows; colorist, Andrew Dalhouse; publisher, Avatar Press.

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