Written by Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt
Art by Ron Garney
Colors by Bill Crabtree
Letters by Clem Robins
The Rundown: B reveals more of his history to the doctor.
The doctor visits B at his home. The two then have a brief conversation. Later B joins the doctor at her lab where he is hooked up to a machine that is designed to help him with his cognitive memories. B then narrates his romantic relationships and the tragedies that have befallen him through the millennia. Afterwards, he has an incident in the present that causes chaos in the lab. Finally, the doctor and someone surprising survey the damage while B goes out on another mission.
The Story: There are so many good things happening in this issue. Reeves and Kindt have created an extremely compelling and heartbreaking narrative that explores the emotional toll of eternal life. Not only does B have violent and aggressive compulsions, he is also subject to the desire for home and family. As the latter desire is destined to end in tragedy, B’s suffering is compounded. I found this new insight into B’s journey intriguing. And I am happy the duality of his nature is expounded upon.
I am also interested in the doctor and her motivations for working with B. Their brief conversation was filled with promising future plot twists. Last, but not least, I have to mention the use of Etta James’s version of “At Last” in this story as a means of conveying the principles of love. I thought this was brilliant in concept. And it spoke to me as a music lover. I am really enjoying this series and its continual evolution in story telling and I am exciting to find out what happens next.
The Art: Garney and Crabtree have once again created a visually appealing issue that is both compelling and emotionally engaging. The extremely detailed drawings and varying color palate perfectly carry on the tone of the respective scenes. They also provide a clear demarcation of scene and time period that provides for an enjoyable viewing experience.