Published on July 3rd, 2014 | by JCDoyle0
The Massive #24 – Comic Review
The extent of Mary’s life is revealed as the water convoy finally reaches its destination but just before, as another one of the convoy trucks is lost, there is a new arrival in the female run cab. Mary’s baby is born but she doesn’t have a chance to relax and heal because every single woman in the convoy is relying on her, even if they don’t know it. She has to force a situation and hope that the greed of Man can save their lives.
The majority of this issue revolves around the confrontation between Mary and the owners of the Water Tankers but this is just a microcosm for the world at large. Whatever Mary’s secret is, whatever her true form is, she has seen the Greed of Man destroy the lives of so many and she believed incorrectly that the ‘Crash’ would show Mankind the error of their ways, but the conclusion of the Sahara story arc shows that her faith was misplaced.
Brian Wood doesn’t hold back his views in this issue and the narration is very heavy handed in places, it is obvious that he has strong views on some subjects and this is his outlet. There were similar issues during his DMZ series that were like this, that wore his opinion on its sleeve, but the themes that The Massive deals with are rooted very much in modern thinking and Brian Wood obviously sees problems with some of those thoughts. These opinions do not diminish the story; they are just as easily the thoughts of Mary and what she has seen over her lifetime so they do not feel as though they have been crowbarred in for the sake of it. Although some of the narration may be disconnected from the story, Wood produces a very edgy scene at the tankers destination where you begin to wonder if Mary has the strength to pull off her plan. It’s a very risky strategy that she adopts and could easily end in a massacre.
And of course the artwork is as beautiful as ever. Danijel Zezelj’s thick pencil work and Jordie Bellaire’s sweeping colours have worked so well together to set the scenes and mood of this chapter in the comic’s run that I hope they work together again. Unfortunately this is their last issue together as Garry Brown is back on board next month for the start of final arc of the series and it promises to be Earth shattering. I, for one, cannot wait.
Title: The Massive
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Brian Wood
Artists: Danijel Zezelj and Jordie Bellaire