Undertow #6

by Tori B. on July 23, 2014

Everyone begins to cut it close for their battle for freedom—the question that lays heavy on every character is whether they’re about to survive this war that they may or may not have asked for, and if it’s worth the price they all seem to make.
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artists: Artyom Trakanov & Yaroslav Astapeev
Cover: Artyom Trakanov
Publisher: Image
As the conclusion approaches for the series, Orlando kicks it into high gear to make sure that his final issue makes a strong and lasting impression. Given the extremely pulpy and violent nature of the story, its finale is no exception, in fact, shows to be more so to make its message hit home.  What becomes astounding though is Trakanov’s art, which also seems to step up a notch to match the story pacing. The colours are extraordinary and more vibrant than before, accentuating the urgency it seems of how fragile each and everyone’s life is.
The battle back home against the free Atlanteans flows with incredible story telling, each panel worth more than what’s being said in its speech bubbles. But then again, that’s what the whole series has proved to be, social commentary belaying the entire course of its storytelling, but when you’re down to your last few pages, there’s no time to hold back punches, and everything let out at once. Even though the story moves quickly, it’ll be best to read it slow and absorb each action for what it is. Just in case the creators never return to this world again, it’d be best to take it everything they have to offer.
It’s a poignant end that finally takes the reader to Atlantis, which is both grim, yet intriguing for any Atlantis enthusiast-- to see this particular rendition of the great fabled city. But it’s less so intriguing for the characters that have fought so hard and long to be free and to try and survive. Things certainly aren’t perfect, but at the very least some level of peace is achieved at least for the moment, though Astapeev’s epilogue will show that settling with what they achieved won’t give them lasting peace.
There’s an immense amount of world building involved, which even by the end, the potential to turn this into many miniseries or maybe even an ongoing, aren’t out of the question. For a series that is being highly regaled with positive feedback on both story and stellar art, they’ve gone out with a bang, leaving readers wanting more but holding no promises—which is a strong creative move that works out for everyone.

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