It’s the final issue for Critical Hit. In this issue, Jeanette and Sarah are facing a dire situation as they attempt to escape the hunters. The entire series has been building up to this, a moment where beliefs are tested and outcome is determined by how strongly the girls are willing to go to uphold their beliefs.
Writer Matt Miner has been slowly building up to this moment since the first issue. He has given the reader two remarkably well-fleshed out leads in Jeanette and Sarah. Who they are and what drives them to do the things they do. He’s also given the readers some truly despicable characters in the hunters, which I have come to loathe over the course of the series. Their brutal beating of Sarah is evidence enough. The story, at its core, captures many real-life situations so well. To do the right thing or just maintain the status-quo.
The story. It has slowly been building to this from the start. Miner has paced this story out very well, building up to the event that changes Jeanette and Sarah world forever. The epilogue in the final few pages of the issue drives home that they are in it for the long haul. With the final panels suggesting that we haven’t seen the last of our heroines.
The art of Johnathon Brandon Sawyer is fantastic. He has a wonderful eye for the small details in the scene. The first splash page of this issue is simply stunning. However, his two page spread that follows is absolutely wonderful. His characters have a good range of expression, I always enjoy that. I would like to see more of his work in the future.
I don’t have a lot of bad things to say about this issue. Maybe it’s nit-picking, but I’m wondering how much time did Jeanette have to cut that hole in the shipping container before the hunters returned? She started cutting it towards the end of issue 3. I have first-hand experience working with metal, so I am somewhat curious.
Good story accompanied by good art. Great way to end the series. Matt Miner has given us some strong female characters that are well-rounded and dealing with a very serious situation. The outcome will ultimately change them forever. Johnathon Brandon Sawyer’s artwork is top-notch, he adds depth and feeling to what has become a very brutal ordeal for Jeanette and Sarah. If you haven’t read this series yet, definitely put it on your list to read.