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Last issue, sad to see it go, I’ve enjoyed this series. For this finale the original art team of Reeder and Friend are back, and the cover by Mark Buckingham isn’t bad, either. Matt Wagner’s job here was to tie up loose ends, and feed his story’s timeline into what longtime readers already know of Madame Xanadu from her initial appearances in the 1970s and beyond, and he does both those things well. I was kind of surprised to see one of the characters from the just finished story arc, now taking the role of Xanadu’s apprentice. It’s the sort of thing one might do if there were going to be more stories,, so perhaps there will be somewhere. One last visit from The Phantom Stranger, Xanadu’s frenemy, a nice visual description of what her abilities are all about, some problems and solutions, and we’re done. Nicely handled.
Amy Reeder’s strong suit is the depiction of attractive young women, and her Xanadu is stunning, has been throughout her time on the series. Other characters don’t always strike me as equally effective, especially the older ones, but there’s no denying she’s a major talent, and I’m sure we’ll see lots more of her work in the future. In fact, she’s slated to draw some issues of BATWOMAN that I’ll be lettering I believe.
This entire series is recommended, but of course, you’d want to start from the beginning if you’re not reading it already.