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Nathaniel Dusk II 4 (January 1986)

11059Well, Dusk’s personal story arc for this series sure doesn’t go anywhere expected. Maybe it’s because McGregor didn’t set him up for enough development or maybe it’s because almost a fourth of the double-sized issue is wasted on a poorly paced resolution to last issue’s cliffhanger.

The issue has good art, even during that lengthy opening, but it’s just a bunch of action scenes strung together. The final one, involving Dusk playing Indiana Jones doesn’t even feel like the same comic. McGregor’s rushing to get in all his period detail and not worried enough about the story itself.

There are no supporting characters in this final issue. No one who’s appeared before makes any impression, not on the plot, not on the protagonist. If it weren’t for McGregor’s competence and the still good art from Colan, things would have been a lot worse.

It’s a shame Dusk’s finale disappoints.



Apple Peddlers Die at Noon, Part Four; writer and editor, Don McGregor; artist, Gene Colan; colorist, Tom Zuiko; letterer, John Costanza; publisher, DC Comics.

One response to “Nathaniel Dusk II 4 (January 1986)”

  1. Vernon wiley

    You and I yak constantly about an editor. Since this one was “edited”, how far away are we from the old days in terms of an editor perhaps being able to avoid an embarrassing ending like this one? It seems like the problems that faced the ending here might have been avoided. Perhaps. This one seemed like a bit of a premium project, though. Discuss…..

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