The Last God #3
In the third chapter of DC's dark fantasy epic The Last God, Queen Cyanthe and her unlikely companions make their way across the land of Cain Anuun toward the Pinnacle-city stronghold of the Guild Eldritch, a powerful order of sorcerers led by Skol, another fabled member of the original fellowship of Godslayers. There they hope to find protection from the looming forces of Mol Uhltep and his inhuman servant, King Tyr.
In the past, we see young Tyr, Cyanthe, and Veikko Al Mun make their way toward a similar destination, while they uncover more secrets of the Last God's plan and make an unlikely ally.
The Last God #3 brings the interpersonal relationships to the forefront, both in the past and in the current period, creating an incredibly interesting cycle steeped within a rich yet dark fantasy world.
As we dive into the third issue of The Last God it’s important to remember that this is not a typically structured book. If you are hoping to jump in on the action this far in, it won’t be that easy. I say that, because this issue in particular begins to draw deeply on the budding characters and their engaging dynamics with the world around them. In the past, Tyr takes a backseat as Cyanthe proves that not everything is as it seems. We see the quickly forming group looking out for one another a bit more closely, but that is not what is occurring 30 years later in the current time. Now Queen Cyanthe calls out Skol, blaming and accusing, forcing divisions in the group.
This cycle of conflict both shows history repeating itself as well as how the previous fellowship laid the ground for what happens in the current time. It’s a delicate weaving of narrative threads that is substantiated with incredible amounts of world building through cultural behaviors and more. Following these characters on their dangerous journey is a lot of fun, but simply existing in the realm of Cain Anuun and learning it’s history and potential future is what pulls me back in over and over.
Similar to many dark fantasy epics, the slow build to a climactic finale has its pros and cons, but the unique structure at least provides depth to what could have been a more typical story. The generational interplay is what makes The Last God so successful, and the creative team plays into those strengths at nearly every opportunity.
Yes, it’s a lot to keep up with. After multiple readings myself, there are still tidbits of information that I am sure I missed, but that’s okay. This is the type of story that warrants a deep dive and multiple readings. The Last God #3 shows that this series has a strong direction and understanding of the world that is taking shape. The visuals are consistent, bringing Cain Anuun and it’s inhabitants to life with vivid imagery. There aren’t many complaints to be had over the artwork because every single page feels intricately detailed and thought out. It’s quite impressive.
As we near this issue’s end, the cliffhanger becomes a bit too apparent but as the series finds it’s groove I’m enjoying the momentum that it maintains. Series such as this can so easily become lost in the lore, but The Last God #3 keeps the story character-focused and feels determined not to miss any opportunity to pull reader’s deeper into the experience. It’s well worth your money, so be sure to pick up your copy as soon as you can.
The Last God #3 brings the interpersonal relationships to the forefront, both in the past and in the current period, creating an incredibly interesting generational cycle steeped within a rich yet dark fantasy world.
The Last God #3: The Stair Awaits, Ye Wretches!!
Writing - 9/109/10
Storyline - 9.5/109.5/10
Art - 9.5/109.5/10
Color - 9.5/109.5/10
Cover Art - 9/109/10
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