Story: Stephanie Phillips
Art: Francesca Fantini
Colors: Lauren Affe
Letterer: Troy Peteri
What They Say:
Hurtling through historical eras, time-traveling killer Maya and World War II spy Virginia can only survive if they work together. But as assassins close in, is Maya willing to turn her back on the only life she’s ever known?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The final issue for Artemis and the Assassin is one that works out pretty well overall, at least until I got to the last page and thought there was a sixth issue that was going to be the last. Stephanie Phillips covers a decent bit of ground but leaves what feels like all the questions unanswered. It moves well and teases a lot, however. Francesca Fantini once again has a good looking book here for those like me that enjoyed the prior ones as the cast looks good and I like the settings for it as well as how the action plays out. But it all leads to that same inconclusive ending that’s just frustrating at this point.
Bringing together Maya and Virginia with Izak in the present definitely paints us an interesting picture. He knows everything about everything and Virginia’s attempts at having one over on him fall flat simply because of how things are going on. Virginia’s in full-on defense mode when it comes to Maya but Maya knows that she’s beholden to Izak because of just how powerful he is. There’s a lot of back and forth here as Maya does her best to save Virginia, which means sending her back to complete her mission. That in itself is almost a given really at this point that it happens since the park isn’t flooded with Nazi’s in the present, but it’s fun to watch as Virginia has to deal with a bunch of problems quickly upon getting back to 1944.
What becomes interesting with the fight between Maya and Isak that’s more engaging than what’s going on in 1944 is that he reveals that the flood that he saved her from is one that he created himself. It just makes it clearer that he’s truly the villain here and did all of that in the past in order to get the powers and books needed so that he could organize as he has ever since in manipulating history. That just sets her off and it’s a good point as we realize that she doesn’t truly understand her powers as there was no true manual for it. So when we see it going out of control and overpowered in a way, resulting in Izak’s death (which is a fake out anyway), it paints a picture of where everything can go. Of course, Maya has to go find Virginia first so they can stay alive together but it’s all designed in the last few pages to talk about what’s to come, if the end isn’t truly the end.
This series has some interesting ideas to it and I’m one that always enjoys some time travel shenanigans, but with it coming to a close here with the fifth issue it’s more the end of a first chapter for a larger book that won’t be finished. It’s got some good characters that can be worked with and an idea that can be expanded on it and it looks great, but it doesn’t have the strong enough hook to really cement it here. It was cute and fun but if there’s no second round of events here it’s just going to feel unfinished overall.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: AfterShock Comics
Release Date: September 30th, 2020