Robinson gives the series a really simplistic finish, but doesn’t even finish the series. He’s continuing it–this issue is the first without a sensational hard cliffhanger and instead he goes with a lame soft one.
It’s impossible to say if the change to ongoing is what hurts this issue. It could be the last issue. The cliffhanger’s ominous enough, but it’s also not the problem with the comic.
All of a sudden the adults and their back stories become really important and the lead fades into the background. Robinson tries to surprise with an epilogue, not realizing he’s made the protagonist so bland his actual future beyond the story doesn’t matter. It was never the point.
It’d be a weak finish to a limited series, but as an ongoing, hopefully it’s just a weak bridge.
As for Robinson’s big reveals this issue? They’re all weak. Every one of them.
The Final Exam; writer, artist and letterer, Jimmie Robinson; colorist, Paul Little; editor, Laura Tavishati; publisher, Image Comics.