Coming to the end, Urchak’s Folly falls victim to a problem I hadn’t anticipated. Chaloner doesn’t do the finished pencils, just layouts. Gates takes over the pencil finishes and it shows. One could use this series, then, as an example of how inkers don’t always make an exceptional difference.
But Chaloner’s writing is still strong.
The big revelation this issue is unexpected. I had thought it’d be a dream, the entire Planet of the Apes franchise, but it’s not. Chaloner actually ties it all in to another famous work of science fiction, but I won’t spoil it… even though no one can find Folly outside of a back issue bin.
Chaloner’s focus moves around a little, away from the characters introduced the previous issue, then back again to them. It sweeps nicely, managing to cover the revelation organically. It all fits together perfectly.
Folly, even with lesser art, still wows.