Story: Matt Kindt
Art: David Rubin
What They Say:
Hot on the trail of kidnapped faerie Violet Bell, the interdimensional detective Boone Dias finally corners the assassin that has been out for his blood and finds that the mystery runs deeper than Violet’s disappearance.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With one more issue to go, Ether: The Disappearance of Violet Bell was going to cut short some of what it could be doing in order to get us closer to the resolution. Matt Kindt has taken us on quite the tour overall of this place once again and it’s definitely been a delight to explore these creations and places that populates it all. We’ve also got pages and pages of gorgeous artwork and designs that really create a fascinating world to explore and one that you can lose yourself in for days for just the amount of variety and creativity here. David Rubin has been delighting me for some time with this book and other works and I continue to wish we get more books out of him on a regular basis as he brings something special to the page.
The chase after the assassin has kept our two leads busy for a decent part of the past issue but he almost got away, leading them through a particular area where they really had to go all out to survive. But now the assassin is corned and Dias wants answers on Bell since he’s heavily interested in her. This has the assassin coming clean which gives us an interesting tale. Being a warrior prince from old, he was entombed ages ago only to be unearthed by the Cannibal Cabal, who opted not to eat him since he was still alive. Instead, under the direction of the one that runs the organization, the Cabal put the assassin to training and made him into one of their best alongside a few others. The cabal is definitely intriguing and the larger work they’re doing is as well. But eventually all roads lead here and he’s now trying to keep one step ahead of Dias and whoever is with him.
Amusingly, after a pretty solid fight, the pair think they’ve got this figured out only for Grondar to arrive out of the blue. He’s not really aligned with Dias at this point but their missions kind of are and we get him destroying the enemy left and right, which i expected. Grondor’s fight is a delight because of its execution and craftiness but between the two taking him to task, we get a good rundown of the basics of how things have happened and the first hints at what it is that this overlord, Ubel, wants. That it comes down to total and complete control is no surprise. Ubel is looking to choke off both the Ether and the world of humanity for his own goals and Dias has basically been following the clues and walking right into the right traps in order for it to succeed.
With some pretty good reveals and explanations going on here, giving us a greater understanding of the Ether and its impact on Earth as well, Ether delivers another strong segment of the larger storyline while fleshing out the world in general. I’m definitely curious as to what Ubel’s bigger intent here is as Grondor likely only has a sliver or facet of it. Kindt keeps things moving well and gives us a lot of great material to enjoy the expansion while Rubin is able to bring so many neat visual teases and tidbits to it so that it feels fully realized in this form. I can’t get enough.
Age Rating: 17+
Released By: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: December 11th, 2019