Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Peter David
Artist: Aaron Kuder
Colorist: Zac Atkinson
Letterer: Johnny Lowe
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: February 9th, 2011
At long last, the execution of Wilhelm Ryan and the end of suffering for Heaven’s Fence. Well, no, but they’d like to believe it. At least for a little while.
The last issue of this series was relatively actionless, but extremely interesting for the history behind and insight into the life of Wilhelm Ryan, and served as the bridge to the final chapter of this installment of the Amory Wars. As this is the longest of the Amory Wars series so far, these types of issues serve an important function by getting us logically from one arch to the next.
In the current issue, first and foremost is Inferno’s execution of Ryan. Inferno is assured that this is the end of Ryan’s evil, though others have their doubts and rightfully so as it is not long before Ryan’s followers resurrect him from the grave in a new (albeit aged and decrepit body to match his destroyed one) body.
Simultaneous to these events Claudio, still badgered by the Prise warrior Ambellina over his refusal to take against Ryan, gives in to his anger and commits what seems to be an unforgiveable act only to surprise no one but himself.
Last issue was genuinely interesting and, despite having little to no action, quite exciting to me as a reader. This issue I found somewhat less entertaining, though I recognize its part of the grand scheme. My biggest complaint was new artist Aaron Kuder’s work: while for the most part a competent pastiche of Chris Burnham’s style, there are areas where the characters are off-model in strange ways such as when Inferno suddenly seems to be as wide as a tree. Overall, however, they could have done much worse as a replacement for Burnham.