(Received from Netgalley for review)
At this point, I’m thinking that the best part of this series is in the past. And that’s a shame, because parts of the series have been deeply imaginative, beautifully paced, and with engaging characters. But at this point, I’m kind of getting the feeling that Layman has less stories than he has issues remaining. He committed himself to going for 60 issues early on, but so much lately has been filler. Which is strange, because there’s a lot of unanswered questions still. Granted, this volume does finally deal with the Collector, but most of the volume isn’t about facing him at all. Instead, there’s a lot of dithering about not actually doing that.
But there are still moments. The Poyo in hell sequences are funny, and it’s a good send off to a character who’d been really fun at first but who was starting to get a little old. The means that Tony uses to fight the Collector make perfect narrative sense, and the confrontation is pretty awesome. There’s still some good left in this book, and with only two volumes left, I’m definitely going to tough it out. But Layman is kind of running out of time with the alien fruit/fire in the sky/EGG stuff and he should probably get on it.