Review: The Owl #4
FINAL ISSUE!!! When Owl Girl tries to kill Jasper in order to bring the mob war to an end, the only thing standing in her way is the Owl. But if she won’t listen to reason, how far will the Owl go to stop her? It’s Owl vs. Owl Girl as Dynamite’s latest hit series comes to its explosive conclusion!
The Owl’s fourth and final issue hits comic book shops today. The story is written by J.T. Krul with art by Heubert Khan Michael. Vinicius Andrade handles colors with Marshall Dillon providing lettering. Does The Owl end with a bang, or do things flutter out in the end?
Owl Girl has been enticed by mob boss Antony’s business proposition. He reasons that Jasper, the other mob leader, is more violent and doesn’t play by any set of rules. If he’s out of the picture, then Antony will be the only business in town. It’s still going to be illegal but he offers a more controlled chaos than his competition. Owl Girl finds the offer tempting enough that she sets out to kill Jasper. The Owl has been trying to teach Owl Girl that there is always another way and a hero should never cross the line and do what the people they are fighting against do on a regular basis. It’s the final showdown as The Owl fights to save Owl Girl’s soul. The Owl has found a reason to fight, but can he carry it over into his public persona? If he makes it out of the battle alive what will happen to Nick Terry, the man out of time?
Krul writes an action-packed issue. The majority of the story deals with the assault of Jasper’s home and the confrontation between The Owl and Owl Girl. Krul does a great job of showing how Owl Girl has become The Owl’s mission and reason for getting out of his funk. The Owl could have been in the same situation as Owl Girl if he didn’t have someone to pull him back. He hopes to be that person for Owl Girl. There are several loose ends though. This doesn’t feel like the end of a miniseries as it does the end of the first arc of a new series. One big thing from issue #1 involving a conversation Nick had with a woman who was looking for her husband remains untouched. It seemed like it was going to be a big story moment toward the end that would get solved, but it never comes up again. Heubert Khan Michael’s art is solid overall. There are moments where scenes or characters that aren’t focused on in the panel feature a little looser line work. The action and Owl suits are handled excellently though. Kahn Michael gets a few more chances to have The Owl pull off some tricks. Andrade’s colors are strong. He really uses a brighter pallet that makes the Owl’s costume pop.
Bottom Line: The Owl has been a good series that gives readers a great introduction to an often forgotten hero. Krul has presented a strong character in Nick Terry that deserves further exploration. As a miniseries it has a few bumps and bruises, but if this is only the first step for larger plans with The Owl, then I’m sold. 3/5