Review: The Last God #10
Writer and creator: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Riccardo Federici
Colorists: Arif Prianto, Allen Passalaqua and Sunny Gho
Cartographer: Jared Blando
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Back Matter Designers: Steve Wands and Amedeo Turturro
Reviewer: Tony Farina
At the edge of creation lies the Black Stair. And beyond it, amidst the void, He waits. Mol Uhltep, the Last God. This is the tale of those who claimed to slay him, and the world they doomed with their lies.
Many falsehoods have been spoken of the great hero Tyr and his fellowship of companions, the Godslayers, and their supposed defeat of Mol Uhltep. Many terrible crimes hidden away by years of deception. Now, at long last, the truth about what happened 30 years ago atop the Black Stair is revealed. The final act of book one of “The Fellspyre Chronicles” begins here!
This book is a work of art that is pretty much unrivaled by anything else in mainstream comics. There is a cartographer on the creators list. I am sure the Blandos told Jared that his Cartographer degree wasn’t going to amount for much in this digital age, but then along comes The Last God #10 and see who gets the last laugh. Jared does.
Beyond that, Artist Riccardo Federici and Colorists Arif Prianto, Allen Passalaqua and Sunny Gho just stun me. I genuinely read through this the first time without reading it. That is not how I normally operate. I am a words first guy, but this book demands your visual attention. That first page alone is worth the five bucks. Seriously.
It demands to be read as well, but even if you didn’t soak in one of Johnson’s words, the story he plots out would be on full display. The last few pages in particular are engaging and enlightening.
The Last God #10 is heavy and dark. It is Black Label for a reason.
I picked this series up late, but The Last God #10 is the perfect jumping on point. Johnson and team are aware there is a lot to unpack, so they gives us help with the mental suitcase. If you have never seen this book, or this series, I wouldn’t worry. It may say issue 10 on the cover, and reading 1-9 wouldn’t be a terrible idea, it is not required to enjoy this issue. I am a science fiction guy as opposed to a fantasy guy, in general. Fantasy needs to be done just right for me to be excited about it. I am all in on this.