Dark Times: Fire Carrier #5

Dark Times: Fire Carrier #5 (of 5)

Writer: Randy Stradley
Artist: Gabriel Guzman
Colorist: Garry Henderson
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover: Artist: Doug Wheatley

Dark Times: Fire Carrier comes to a close with issue #5. It’s a bit of anti-climatic end as Master K’Kruhk, Zao and the younglings find peace on Arkinnea. There’s not a lot whole of action, but the issue does pack in a lot of resolution. With nice artwork and a happy ending, it turns out to be pretty decent issue.

When things left off in issue #4, Master Zao and the younglings were cornered with the wild men by a group of soldiers. The issue wastes no time in picking up right there and launching into some action. However, it’s not Zao or the wild men who end up saving the day. Regardless, Master Zao, the younglings and the wild men manage to escape. Elsewhere on the planet, Captain Denimor and Teron arrive and see first hand the grisly mass murder piles left by the Arkinnean militia. They quickly arrest Captain Relik and put an end to K’Kruhk’s immediate worries. Much of the comic is devoted to resolution. Denimor and Teron resolve the threat of the militia. K’Kruhk, Zao and the younglings find shelter on Arkinnea where they’re actually able to hold up for a few years of peace. Even Lt. Gregg is thrown off their trail. The last panel of the comic shows the younglings as young adults, ready to become Jedi. It’s a very happy ending for K’Kruhk and the younglings.

The art in this issue does a good job of balancing between characters and scenery. Master Zao has some nice panels in the beginning of the issue that are really expressive. There’s a close up showing the intensity of his focus and resolve, then his look of worry, concern and disappointment as the situation rapidly evolves beyond his control. Even the wild men, who are later revealed as the Yunu, gets some nice close ups showing the range of their expression. Later in the issue, K’Kruhk gets a lot of attention. But beyond the character focuses, there’s also a lot of detail to the scenery. From sun rays coming down through the forest canopy, to scenic shots of the Jedi’s new home, there’s a good balance between the two. I especially liked the scenic shots at the end which was a great way to pass time and to add to the tranquillity that the Jedi were able to find.

With K’Kruhk’s arc wrapped up, at least for now, there are still some kernels left open for the future. For instance, what will K’Kruhk do with all these younglings he’s training as Jedi? What happens to Master Zao and Sidirri? What fate befell Commander Teron? They’re small questions that aren’t pressing concerns, but they are avenues for future stories. For now, though, Fire Carrier comes to a close, and I think it did a good job of telling an entertaining story. As a finale for the arc, I give Dark Times: Fire Carrier #5 a four out of five metal bikinis. With such a happy ending here, I can’t help but wonder if the next arc has an extra heaping of darkness just waiting to clobber us.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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