Title: 4001 A.D. #4
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Clayton Crain; David Mack
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Cover Artist: Clayton Crain; Tula Lotay; Ryan Bodheim and Michael Garland
The final battle between Rai and Father ends here. And that means within the first few pages. Jumping in right where last issue left off, Rai has little to do than speak his final words to Father before the battle ends once and for all. It’s hard to speak about the issue without spoiling too much since the main conflict resolves itself so quickly, but suffice to say the majority of the issue otherwise deals with the new life the survivors of New Japan find themselves in. The pacing throws the issue into an odd place. The first five pages could have been included in the last issue, making this strictly an epilogue, which it feels like anyways. On one hand it is unusual, though welcome to find such resolution at the end of an event. On the other hand it’s almost to much of a different direction in speed after the other issues were going at such high-speed. Coming in uneven, the grand finale just doesn’t quite hit the high note the rest of the series served up.