"Interceptor #5" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Heavy Metal
Written by Donny Cates
Illustrated by Dylan Burnett
Colored by Dee Cunniffe
2016, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 1st, 2016
Just when you thought Poli had taken out the big vampire lording over the surviving humans on Earth, the enemy of her enemy rears up to betray her. It's a good thing that that guy is a vampire and she's basically designed to destroy them. It wouldn't be an issue of Interceptor without a knock-down, drag-out fight, and this one definitely delivers in more ways than one as the series comes to a close.
Writer Donny Cates ties up loose ends while leaving enough open to possibly return to the series at a later date. This is something that I desperately want to see happen. Some of Poli's backstory is explored and we learn how she was selected for this mission to eliminate the vampires on Earth while the rest of humanity is safely on another planet. The surviving humans are given hope for the first time in probably forever. Plus, we're given a very brief glimpse at the sky for the first time in the whole series.
That whole segment is pretty great. When mankind evacuated planet Earth, they set off all the nuclear weapons at once in an effort to destroy the vampire threat once and for all. The result was a sky filled with ash and darkness, which allowed the bloodsuckers to rise up and take over what's left. The entire series to date has taken place in this bleak, dystopian landscape. You forget what the sun looks like. Then, when you get a shot of it, you almost have to squint your eyes from the brightness. Artist Dylan Burnett did a fantastic job here. Coupled with Dee Cunniffe's colors, the clouds look like heaven.
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There's a groundswell of hope that fills this issue with each turn of the page. It's not a cheesy kind of hope. It's more like the end of Return of the Jedi, but without all the stupid Ewoks. These people have been beaten down for ages and now they not only have something to fight for, but the means to fight in the first place. Having a big robot suit will certainly help in dealing with just about any threat that can come up.
That robot is easily one of the coolest things in comics today. It's practically the walking embodiment of hope in shining white metal with a cross blazing on its chest. Burnett brings it to life in a final glorious battle. You can practically hear the soundtrack blaring as each punch is thrown.
Interceptor seamlessly blends horror and science fiction and throws in a ton of action for good measure. The story is rock solid with artwork to match. While it has a satisfying conclusion, the door is left open for more both on Earth and in space.