Story: Sam Humphries
Pencils: Robson Rocha
Inks: Daniel Henriques
Colors Alex Sollazzo
Volthoom is disguised as Rami, and is now leading Simon and Jessica to the Black Vault with sinister intentions. Will he succeed in recreating his travel lantern?
***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***
The First Seven Rings
Fake Rami, Simon, and Jessica enter the Black Vault to a mausoleum of sort, of the first seven rings. There they encounter Tyran’R the mighty. Mighty is a well deserved name since we get to see how he acquired his ring ten billion years ago. Jump back to today, and Tyran’R recognizes Volthoom for what he is, but is stopped before he can take down the evil pretender. Simon and Jessica bond over what they miss back on planet Earth, and try to ignore the fact that something doesn’t feel right here with Rami. That’s when Volthoom rids himself of the meat sack that is Rami, and shows his true form. Let me tell you the artists on these oversized issues are bringing their A game, what stunning pages full of color and technique.
Volthoom immediately gets rid of nearby threats, by breaking Simon’s ring. Now Simon lays on the floor suffocating without his ring. Volthoom turns his attention to Jessica, now he can finally get a piece of his travel lantern back. But what he doesn’t know is that Jessica has a new found confidence, and she isn’t going down without a fight. Her will is stronger and she is able to override the travel lantern with her own ring’s programming, at least for long enough to get her and Simon out of there. But to where, we don’t know, but it looks worse than being trapped in the Phantom Zone. Now, Volthoom is left to boil in his anger. I can’t tell you how fantastic it was to see Jessica beast out like that, it was everything I wanted from her since the beginning.
Sum it Up
Wow! I haven’t had a book make me curse out loud in a while now, in a good way I mean. The art alone deserves a salvation, the detail and finesse that went into every panel is breathtaking. It was also great to get a moment of having Jessica and Simon bond, we haven’t seen that for a couple arcs. What a brilliant issue, I can’t find one single thing I would change about it!
Ariel DuPey | NCR