I was filled with joy and sadness as I picked up Wild's End #6 from BOOM! Studios, written by Dan Abnett, with art by I.N.J. Culbard, this week. Joy because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next, and sadness because it was the last issue of the series. For those of you who don't remember, when we left off last issue we were in a state of panic as the five main characters needed to formulate a plan to defeat the alien chasing after them. We begin this issue with Fawkesie and Alph teaming up and parting ways from Clive, Peter, and Susan. Each group has their own way of attempting to defeat the aliens, and as I previously stated in my binge read review, this is a panic-ridden tale.
Remember that scene from Jurassic Park where the T-Rex is chasing the car? That's how I felt when I was reading the scene above–absolutely terrified. Abnett's script elicits a real sense of anxiety in the reader and continues to make the story a page-turner. Clive, Peter, and Susan's plan of attack was a bit less dramatic, but the way Susan wrapped it all up left me with a big smile on my face. She is a spectacular character, and I absolutely adore her.
Going in with the knowledge that this was the last issue of the series, made me a bit of a harsh reader I suppose. I so badly wanted certain things to happen, but then realized that my frustration came from simply wanting more. I don't want to spoil how things end up, but I still feel like this cast of characters has so much more of a story to tell. Abnett and Culbard created such a classic feel with Wild's End, and I can't imagine not being able to interact with these characters again. Dear BOOM! Studios, I would fully support a magical spin-off series about Susan Peardew and Clive! Sincerely, your faithful reader Christine Marie. If you haven't had a chance to read Wild's End yet, there's no time like the present. Pick up all six issues and binge read until you feel the same way I do!
*Editor's Note from HMS: Fear not, dear Christine, a miracle has happened. Dan Abnett tweeted on Thursday afternoon:
Wild's End ends with a bang, but a second series is on the way…. Yep, you read that right.
— Dan Abnett + Nik (@VincentAbnett) February 12, 2015
And there was a heck of a lot of rejoicing! And I'll add my thanks to Boom! Studios for bringing the series back again and to the creative team for all their hard work.