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The Life and Times of Savior 28 (2009) #5

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Looks like DeMatteis has read some Alan Moore, doesn’t it?

In this issue, DeMatteis doesn’t just pull it off, he also reveals an unreliable narrator in Dennis, who’s apparently a psychotic anti-peacenik and has been for years. It adds some layers to him, since he’s really the least fleshed out character. He’s been too busy telling the reader what he thinks about Savior 28 to tell him or her anything about himself.

But some things come through the cracks, especially at the end. He becomes a hurt child.

Having such a dynamic finale, however, seems a wee contrived, since it leaves the series with a better memory than it earned throughout. All of the politics, in the end, were a McGuffin. It’s something else all of a sudden (not to mention the change of POV in the final pages).

It’s a success, but a machinated one, rather than organic.

One response to “The Life and Times of Savior 28 (2009) #5”

  1. vernon wiley

    Savior 28 was an oddball, all right. The way he finds inner peace didn't quite fly with me as much as convince me he was a bit off at the end of his confused, conflicted life. Nobody really had it good here, and I thought it strange JMDM would write a book like this. Melancholy throughout, and with a sense of desperation running the proceedings, it made a tough read. Much, much better than the latest run of Superman, however.

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