The Last Line #1 is a Heroic Family Matter
The family that kicks butt together, stays together. Such a bond is needed to survive the aftermath of the Carnage, a catastrophic event that wiped out one-third of the Earth’s population. With the death of his wife Karla in the Carnage, Carson Sihls and his children, Miles and Sydni suit up to find the man responsible for the worst tragedy in our planet’s history.
Who doesn’t love a good family superhero story? I know I do. And I am liking the family of heroes featured in this book. Carson is a headstrong father who sometimes has tunnel vision. Miles plays the hotheaded son, and Sydni doesn’t beat around the bush. The Last Line throws readers right into the strained family dynamic that is only acceptable after witnessing such an event as the Carnage. There is a respect given to each character, but there is a tension that could force them apart at any moment. Good old family drama.
Speaking of drama, there is plenty of it. So much so that sometimes it overtakes the story. There is a lot of action, tension, character personalities all coming together. However, reading it feels like I’m missing some points. Some of those are clarified at the end, but some of it was rather confusing. The Last Line #1 almost seems like a second issue rather than a first. More emphasis on storytelling without giving much away would be appreciated.
The character design was a great part of the art. There is a scene where Sydni goes full armor, and its one of the best panels. The colors of the pages and panels almost created a pattern. I am also a big fan of art that goes all the way to the page border. The Last Line had plenty of those shots. There were some artwork that was kinda off, mostly in the anatomy department. Nothing too crazy, but noticeable here and there. Lots of great action shots and some good angles coupled with a very defined color palette and style worked pretty well in this book.
Writer: Lawrence King
Pencils and Inks: Bistek Javier
Colors: Splash Colors
Letters: Justin Birch
Character Design: Charles Simpson and Lawrence King
In a world where heroes could immediately become villains, The Last Line tests the limits of family values. This book could use a few touch ups here and there, but has a good premise to start with.