Dudley Datson and The Forever Machine #4
Best Jackett Press
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jamal Igle
Inks by Juan Castro
Colors by Chris Sotomayor
Letters by Tom Napolitano
The Rundown: Dudley and Daedalus are trapped in a prison with no hope of escape.
Trapped on a twisted, perverted version of the maze he created in his time, Daedalus tells Dudley the truth of what he created in the past in his attempts to access the Forever Machine. A truth that will reveal a man who wanted to use the power of human dreams to move humanity forward. Unfortunately, Perdix had other ideas and believed that fear was the best fuel for the maze.
When Dudley and Daedalus are attacked by guards of the maze, Dudley is fitted with a helmet that will make him run the maze fueled by his fear of failure. Fortunately for both of them, Dudley uses the maze to his advantage, taking the pair back to Earth just in time to discover something even darker awaiting them.
The Story: Snyder delivers more action and thrills to the story in this issue. Even with the action, the story remains balanced and engaging with big ideas being introduced to the reader in some compelling ways. I really enjoyed seeing Dudley evolve as a character and how that evolution changes their circumstances. I love the twist towards the end of the issue and what it means for the story going forward.
The Art: Igle delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The visuals are bright and draw the eye to all of the interesting details as well as complementing the action and adventure elements of the story.