Gail Williams completes the collection...
The major revelations of issue four resolve themselves at last in this issue. Using the Plasmoid technology and advancements against them, Erik engineered Megumi and Ryan to be something new, and sent them back to save the remaining humans. Only the two of them weren’t the only things to come out of the sea, the antibody of the Plasmoid also arose, the monster on the shore. Elsewhere, Ryan and Shauna get Kyle to the sea, he’s a Selkie now.
Understanding her purpose at last, Megumi transforms into an incredibly beautiful hybrid of human and plasmoid. Taller than human, blue skinned and well proportioned. She comes to the knowledge and understanding that Erik intended for her. Similarly changed Ryan is the image of statuesque perfection.
The Plasmoids are working to end the human species, and as Megumi and Mary leave the shelter of the pier, the monster rises up. Megumi saves Mary, but gets a limb through the chest for her heroism. Ryan rushes to the rescue, using his newfound superpowers to fight the monster (with the help of Selkies lead by Kyle) and save the girl. Then he really has to use his superpowers and saves Megumi’s life despite what should be a mortal wound. But this uses up whatever energies he has, and there’s nothing left to protect the humans, that job is down to Megumi. But after all she’s seen, will she?
I won’t give away the ending, as it’s well worth the read, but there is still one more thing to come out of the sea, all blue and bouncy.
The artwork continues to impress, transformed Megumi and Ryan are lovely, and there is one double pager when the selkies are fighting the antibody monster that is just fantastic. It’s full of colour and movement, something that you don’t often get in a comic. The writing remains high quality and neatly wraps up all the stories and threads we’ve been reading.
I’ve never held back on the fact that I love this series from the start, and I’m happy to say that this conclusion has happily maintained that enjoyment. This is not the ‘perfect’ comic, but it’s very close, a definite five out of five. Love it.
Surface Tension #5 is out today.
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