Review: Masks #7
All hope seems lost. The Shadow, Green Hornet, and the other masked heroes are outnumbered, outgunned, and surrounded by the Black Legion forces of the Justice Party, who are bent on expanding their chokehold on the surrounding countryside. Even the arrival of the new Zorro and Black Bat is not enough to turn the tide. But what of the Spider?
Dynamite’s smash-hit pulp series Masks rolls on this month with its penultimate issue. Masks #7 is written by Chris Roberson with art by Dennis Calero. Simon Bowland rounds out the cast with his lettering. Masks, story wise, has been a tight running machine. Does the next to last issue keep it moving or have the wheels fallen off?
All of the heroes except Zorro and the Black Bat (and Spider since he’s missing in action) have been captured by the mysterious figure, clad in all white, who is behind the Justice Party. With this being the penultimate issue, there are a few scenes of the villain waxing lyrical about his plans and why he’s doing what he’s doing. The heroes have their backs against the wall and there’s nothing they can do to get away. If Black Bat and Zorro, who are outside the building, can’t figure something out this may be the end for the heroes and the ultimate victory of the Justice Party. We do find out what has happened to the Spider and what he’s been doing since he disappeared a few issues ago. It’s the endgame. Can Black Bat, Zorro, possibly the Spider, and the captured heroes mount one last ditch effort to thwart the plans of the Justice Party?
Roberson writes a tight script. The issue is fast paced and starts to resolve a lot of the questions still left unanswered. The reveal on who the big bad is will stun readers even if they aren’t familiar with the character’s history. What Roberson does with the villain, which he’s done with the whole series, is to make these complex and long running characters accessible to new readers. It will be interesting to see how the last issue puts a bow on everything. Calero took over from Alex Ross after issue 1. I’ve said it in every other review, but he is an artist that makes you feel like you’re on a rollercoaster. Some things truly stun you, then other things sort of feel like odd choices. Calero is back to top form this issue. There are still a few odd faces for the background characters, but I have to give him credit again for his work.
Bottom Line: I’ve said it 6 other times already- Masks is a great miniseries and you should be reading it. The story has been rock solid for 7 issues now. I seriously doubt it will completely fall apart in the last issue. Masks is a can’t miss event. Get ready, we only have one issue left. I’m ready! 4.5/5