This is a massive volume, the largest in the series, and it contains six separate stories. Pretty much everyone you have met so far pops up in one way of another and you learn a big secret about the Trust too.
There is no reason why this could not have been two volumes but as the stories are quite short and bitty you are probably glad it wasn’t. This volume sees real history mixed with the fictional conspiracy and that makes you feel a bit uneasy in places. You do get more answers than new questions though and that certainly helps.
The art is great and there is one tale, that acts as a recap of the story so far, which has ten guest artists doing portraits of the characters. These include names such as Frank Miller, Jim Lee, and Dave Gibbons. The beauty is in the details and we see multiple stories running separately on the same page and even in the same panel making for a highly sophisticated read.
Patricia Mulvihill returns as colourist but although she does an outstanding job she doesn’t get the opportunity to produce the jaw dropping vistas she did on the last volume which is a great shame.
A good read and certainly a Thumbs Up!
Tomorrow: 100 Bullets: The Counterfifth Detective – Brian Azzerello