Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sideways #13 Review

That's All, Folks! 

Storytelling by Kenneth Rocafort and Dan DiDio
Colouring by Dan Brown
Lettering by Travis Lanham

This is one of those New Age books that I really wanted to work. New, young characters are what DC needs, especially now, so it's a shame that it was given to a pair of geezers.

All kidding aside, Kenneth Rocafort's work on this series was lovely. Dan DiDio was the major sticking point for me. He's simply the wrong person to write this book. According to the credits of previous issues, Rocafort himself created the character. What kind of loyalty to Derek did DiDio have?

Yes, the series is over. There were a few ups, a lot of downs, and a whole lot of lost potential. These past two issues have been pretty unremarkable in terms of action or tension, which is what you need when wrapping up a book. The threat peaked and went away too early. What happened to the villains, did they get sucked into some black hole or something? I genuinely don't remember.

This wasn't a boring issue, but it wasn't exciting either. Rocafort does a great job at moving the pace along but there's a lack of substantial plot or story to keep me interested. Admittedly, part of it is the knowledge that this is a final issue and whatever thread this issue sets up is likely to be lost in the wind. This issue does indeed set some things up, and even has a cliffhanger ending sporting a "The End?". It's sad but also sort of obnoxious.

The central plot here is that Derek finds out who killed his mother. As far as plot twists though, it's a bit of a dud. I completely forgot that this killer character even existed and I just blindly trust Rocafort and DiDio on telling the truth.

Bits and Pieces:

The series is finally over, and I'm glad. It hurt to see such potential squandered on a monthly basis. The art was amazing and the various threads established in this issue gave me a little chuckle. The final page is certainly interesting but I'm very sure that we're never going to see this brought up again.


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