Written by Donny Cates
Art by Geoff Shaw
Colors by Dee Cunniffe
Letters by John J Hill
The Rundown: Donny and his creations take on their enemies and Donny makes a realization about his story.
Donny Cates is dying and takes the time to tell the loyal reader that his death might not be the end of the story. A story he is disappointed in because the love story he wanted to write is not taking shape. Outside of his narration, the events that will lead to his end play out as Donny fights alongside Ryan, Ellie and others against Ryan’s father and his partner Negan. At the same time, Pendleton escapes from Donny’s cell and decides to suit up and stop the fight himself.
Ellie makes a desperate attempt to stop Negan, but Donny finds himself in the crossfire. As Ryan tries to talk to his father, Pendleton arrives and makes things worse. As Donny lays dying, he tells them something big. Something that will change the course of all their stories. He tells them who’s really behind the crossover.
The Story: Cates brilliantly takes this story in some unexpected, fun and interesting places. The meta elements of the plot are fantastic with Cates’ narration being the best part. His part in the story has some intriguing elements and do a wonderful job of showcasing the evolution of the story as well as the expectations of the writer. Everything leads to a brilliant cliffhanger ending with a twist that literally made me smile from ear to ear.
The Art: Shaw delivers some fantastic art on every page of this issue. I continue to love the contrast between the real characters and the comic book ones. The action is visually exciting, bold and often brutal. A fantastic looking issue from cover to cover.