Dead End Kids #3 Review – A Very Satisfactory Ending
Writer: Frank Gogol
Artist and colorist: Nenad Cviticanin
Letterer: Sean Rinehart
Cover artist: Criss Madd
Editor: Paul Allor
Source Point Press
The final issue of Dead End Kids serves up a very satisfactory ending. This series, one where three friends from their own broken homes deal with the death of their fourth member, has been one of the better books I’ve read this year. I gravitate to stories where friendship is an important factor and in my opinion, that’s one of the bigger things going on with Dead End Kids. Last issue, we saw that they had the wrong person caught as the killer of Ben and we saw someone else come from the wilderness to turn a bad situation into something even worse. How will it all wrap up?
I also felt that this issue was a stronger one than issue two. My main gripe, probably my only one with this entire series, was just the flashbacks in issue two, which seemed a bit much. With this last issue, writer Frank Gogol sticks the landing without adding a lot of useless padding. Last issue dealt with the emotions of Ben’s death and who was though to have been responsible but here with issue three we get a stronger, more emotional finale. Also, the ending of Dead End Kids doesn’t linger for a large number of pages. I feel that writers can’t just wrap the story up but instead, have to go through the motions with every character. I’m glad this one knew where to let me off.
Nenad Cviticanin’s art works within the story. While it’s a simple style, it’s still artistic, not overly detailed, and consistent to the entire series. The critical part of my thinking ponders how Cviticanin’s art could have appeared had a wider array of colors been used with the books but that’s not a knock on this. Just more of an observation.
Last issues are hard to rate when you follow the entirety of the story. Dead End Kids has been so satisfactory and even trying to review this last issue, I feel it is fair to throw a few compliments toward the series as a whole. The writing is compelling and with Gogol, whose previous book, Grief, tackled the varying stages of grief, you see a bit of that here with the character work. Stories about friends are awesome to me and when I think of some of my favorite things about my favorite books, it’s friendship that stands out in quite a few. And really, the entire team on this is deserving of bigger accolades. And while the writing for the entire series isn’t perfect, it’s still very enjoyable.