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Ether: The Disappearance of Violet Bell #5 Review

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Very highly recommended.

The true meaning in an unexpected move.

Creative Staff:
Story: Matt Kindt
Art: David Rubin

What They Say:
Matt Kindt! David Rubín! In this explosive conclusion, interdimensional detective Boone Dias comes face-to-face with the diabolical intelligence behind all his hardships. But this time he must confront his own failings in order to succeed against an old enemy and save Ether.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The Ether series, I suspect, draws to a close with this installment unless this excellent creative team decides to come back with a new generation of tales. Kindt and Rubin finish out the story of what Boone must do when it comes to Ubel and though familiar, it’s executed with beauty and grace and incredible detail and heart. This team has wowed me on the book consistently, making me wish we had a new miniseries each year, and that we get something so beautiful in the end to send it off with is wonderful. There’s something to Rubin’s artwork that has always wowed me but his creativity in this world, in particular, has delighted me above and beyond in a way that’s hard to describe.

The bulk of the book is done in narration with Boone and Violet talking to each other on the first night back together after rescuing her and we see that play out in a few of the first panels as well. Giving them a chance to reconnect is good, allowing him to unburden some of what he’s kept to himself regarding Earth and the choices he made here and there are important not just for her to hear but for him to say and admit. The bond between the two plays out familiarly enough but it has the right connections to work and we’ve seen the changes in Boone to begin with. The result is that we get someone who has found his place, people, and time where he wants to be. And though they’re just back together after apart for so long, she understands it because they are connected. Having that narration unfold over the whole book works well, especially with its final page reveal.

Amid all of that, and especially early on where it’s every other page from Boone and Violet, we see the journey the group as a whole is taking to go after Ubel and bring this to a final confrontation. Rubin’s artwork is just jaw-droppingly beautiful as he reveals slivers of this world that would populate entire other books out there with his creativity in design and color. Each panel is utterly fascinating and it’s worth reading through once wit the narration and then a second time with just looking at the journey visuals to soak up all the details. The culmination of it all with Ubel and where he’s been waiting for them has all the right final-act elements to it with an intriguing and dangerous location, high stakes, some solid banter, and the action itself. It’s not unexpected once the details of it are said but the execution is flawless and the fairy tale that Ether is, draws to a close.

In Summary:
This is a wonderful series. It’s another book that I really wish would get an oversized coffee table-sized book so that the artwork could be appreciated even more on high-quality paper. It’s simply gorgeous throughout and is a master class in how to blend the talents of a writer and an artist to tell a tale. Ether was a book that definitely appealed for what they would bring in as the main storyline but delighted in the sheer volume of fascinating toss-away ideas that each book would have that you’d want to be explored. There’s plenty of that here as well but as it serves to drive us hard and fast to the finale we’re given even less time to linger. And it works, in that classic dark fairy tale way, to get us there and feel exhausted and satisfied in a big way. Very highly recommended.

Grade: A-

Age Rating: 17+
Released By: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: January 22nd, 2020
MSRP: $3.99

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