The Astro-friends are Shanghai'd into submission before a "diet" or rather a cosmic court held by all the tribes of Psi-Lords trapped by Nihilo the vampire star. What at first seems to be a chance to clear themselves of any wrongdoing swiftly becomes a turkey shoot as one of them is deemed to die and the rest divvied up between the other crews.
Interspersed throughout we get a real glimpse into who Artisan was in his former life. Unlike the others, scientists and soldiers we see that Artisan real name Kai Lui was a spoiled rich kid who bought his way into space. Their secret enemy uses this to prey upon him and the true Psi-Lord, Ravenrok finds his window to act overtly, stopping the raging conflict between the Astro-friends and the other clans while nudging them towards universal destruction unaware.
Renato Guedes has already done issue after issue of mindblowing artwork but this one takes it up a notch by taking it down one, the opening page alone of the band about to rip it is basically flawless. Who would have thought that taking this surreal yet concrete art and applying it to something as simple as a few scenes in a nightclub would produce such beautiful results?
Writer Fred Van Lente doesn’t slouch this issue either, the implications of Artisan and his new found “ally” as well as his newly attained levels of power are as ominous as the developments are exciting. That would have been plenty of fuel to add to the fire alone but uniting the warring clans together in hope of escape from the Starwatchers and the vampire star Nihilo despite them knowing why they were drafted is nuts.
Yet another example of Van Lente taking a cool but familiar concept and turning it on its ear. The saga of the Psi-Lords somehow manages to give some answers while digging up a ton of new questions to this cosmic conundrum but never feels daunting or like it’s spinning wheels but getting nowhere. Each revelation as it goes weaves a much bigger tapestry of this grand space odyssey that just draws you in deeper as it goes. Following this book and seeing these characters flirt with annihilation albeit unknowable to them leaves you with bated breath by the final page. It strikes with an almost classical literature appeal akin to something like Paradise Lost, Faust or Dorian Grey but sprinkles in just enough levity to not become pretentious. Van Lente and Guedes are truly crafting something amazing and doing it with the sort of skill you desire all team books to have.
I literally cannot sing the praises of this book enough, every issue brings satisfying answers while begging even crazier questions and never disappoints or gives you time to get complacent.
Psi-Lords #6: Another Life
Writing - 9/109/10
Storyline - 9.5/109.5/10
Art - 10/1010/10
Color - 9.5/109.5/10
Cover Art - 8.5/108.5/10
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