American Carnage #9
DC Comics/Vertigo Comics
Written by Bryan Hill
Art by Leandro Fernandez
Colors by Dean White
Letters by Pat Brosseau
The Rundown: Richard Wright has reconciled who he is and what he needs to do to stop being under the thumb of anyone.
Richard has had enough. After placing a call to Jennifer and telling her that he plans to end her father once and for all, Richard tells her that he’s coming to her house and to make sure she and her daughter are gone. At the same time, Sheila has a final confrontation with the assassin that’s been haunting Richard from the beginning.
As everything comes to a head for both Richard and Sheila, the former agent decides that it’s time to teach Jennifer a lesson. One that will both free him and put the final nail in the coffin of her father’s political aspirations. Unfortunately, Richard is going to have to teach both Jennifer and Sheila that no one is walking away from this situation clean.
The Story: This is a brilliantly dark finale for this series. The tone is a perfect mixture of solemnity and rising tension, especially with the character of Richard. I love that Hill doesn’t go for the simple solution. He goes for a complicated, messy reality that many stories like this would be afraid to. Like real life, there are no easy outs. There are no last minute Hail Mary passes or hidden revelations that can get Richard out from under clean. Reality is complicated and dirty and sometimes there are no heroes at the end of the day. Something Bryan Hill reminds the reader in a dramatic and solemn finale.
The Art: Leandro Fernandez offers some amazing art in this finale. There are so many great visual moments bathed in shadow and movement. A great, action packed visual feast.