CATALYST PRIME: 7 DAYS #7
Day 7...the final day has arrived and humankind teeters on the cusp of extinction, The Khrelan means to end it and make the planet his, will Earth's remaining enhanced be able to stem the tide or is this truly humanity's last day?
I could talk about the mechanics of this final issue in a fair amount of detail. How Simone starts us at a low and hopeless point, showing us that part of humanity that’s given up and is merely marking time before the end and then builds it up from that point using the superhero and some nonenhanced characters to tell a real action-packed yarn that goes beyond just being the same old superhero action comic.
The clever part is not the actual heroics of our enhanced human beings although Simone does that with perfect aplomb. Instead, the superhero mechanics, as enjoyable and as well-executed as they are on all fronts serve to tell a deeper story and it’s a truly simple one. Seven Days is the story of us, humanity. It’s the story of people regardless of race, creed, sexuality, age and neurodiversity standing together to save their world and it’s this thread of commonality and togetherness that has made this issue and series so marvelously engaging across all levels for me. The characters are flawed just like all of us but at the same time the very best of us and extremely relatable.
There is lots of action, menacing seemingly unstoppable monsters and all that superhero high stakes action, yes this issue and in fact, all seven issues are magnificently penciled, inked and colored by Jose Luis, Jonas Trinidad, Michelle Madsen respectively from page one of issue one right too the last page of this issue. Seven Days as a series is without a doubt one of the best technically consistent and well executed series I have read including lettering by Saida Temafonte and covers by Stjepan Siejic.
Out there in the real world. We often debate about inclusion and how there isn’t enough of it in mainstream comics. Seven Days is a superb good example of at attempting to normalize the inclusion of LGBTQA+ as well as non-neurotypical characters and younger characters into a big bold superhero comic event in an organic and natural way and while it’s one of the best attempts I have ever seen and for that, the entire team is to be commended. This is a series anyone can read and relate to and that’s something special.
7 Days issue #7 is a thrilling conclusion to a series that has been flawlessly executed on fronts. It's a superb example of a comic and series where every aspect of the creative process matches the other in its excellence. It perfectly balances the excitement of a classic style, high stakes superhero action yarn with positive inclusive storytelling that examines the best and worst of the human condition and I highly recommend it to everyone.
CATALYST PRIME: 7 DAYS #7: For the Last Time…
Writing - 10/1010/10
Storyline - 10/1010/10
Art - 10/1010/10
Color - 10/1010/10
Cover Art - 10/1010/10
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