Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Frazer Irving
Having made it out from under the harsh rule of Croatoan, mad god of Limbo Town, our hero finds himself immediately presented with new allies and new enemies. But which is which, and still without a glimpse of daylight?
Yes, this has that epic feeling we’re going for. Klarion is in the midst of his bildungsroman, and we can only hope he’s around long enough for the lessons to be learned and the maturity he seeks to be achieved.
Though, in another way, that’s not what Morrison’s going for at all, as Klarion is already surpassingly wise, and not without allies or unwilling to rely on his quite good instincts and charm when knowledge fails. He’s got the insouciant joy of youth, in rather the same way that Pee Wee Herman did, long past all rhyme or reason.
The “Leviathan” made up of subterranean waifs recalls a similar encounter from Morrison’s New X-men, where Darkstar and Fantomex met their destinies against Weapon XII. Without all the trappings and constraints of the X-men, however, Morrison turns the concept around, and enlivens the whole sequence with Klarion’s witty asides (and unlike Fantomex, he doesn’t come off like a right nutter).
Frazier Irving’s art is a brilliant companion to Morrison’s words, which mix the timeless archetypal plots of fairytales with the period lingo of diverse eras. His coloring is impressive too, as last issue’s drab blues and grays give way to seedy yellow and hints of lush red. All, of course, wrapped up in loads of glowering Pilgrim black.
What Badde trades his cargo for is revealing, the strongest connection in this adventure episode to last issue’s politically charged critique of religious hypocrites.
Scary line of the week:
The last thing you’ll ever want to hear from Klarion’s familiar, the cat Teekl, is this psychic query: “Will I bring them to you?”
If Zatanna’s adventure shows the appeal of Morrison’s cleverly adaptable concept for Seven Soldiers, Klarion’s tale blasts it into the stratosphere. There’s not a foot placed wrong.
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