by Simon Spurrier (Writer), Jeff Stokely (Artist), André May (Colorist)
The Story: Blue gets to see the ending of the story, as do all those who were watching his development.
The Review: Endings are tricky. With so many stories going on and on, it’s hard to see how everything could or should conclude, leaving many stories going on indefinitely as a result. This could be something that identify super hero comics in general, but it’s something a bit more than that, actually. Television series, movies, books and all sorts of work of fiction simply don’t know where to leave things. Not all writers do, mind you, but it’s become a bit of a trope to leave everything in ways that either feel final or ambiguous in ways that don’t always seem satisfactory with what the readers and characters went through.
Simon Spurrier does not seem to have that problem, as while he does seem to do many of the things described above, there is one thing that he does in this conclusion that is rather remarkable: he finish the story that Blue is a part of. Of course, many of the ongoing themes of this mini-series are handled and presented fairly well throughout the story, but Spurrier does a little more with his ending than the usual.
One of the weirder, yet also unexpectedly well-handled element is the meta-fiction behind the show that revolves around the war. With viewers passing off a bit like the readers, characters in the issue are actually reacting in much of the same way those who followed the story could, pushing forth the power of a good story. Going on with this, Spurrier goes on with his social commentary, but does so in a way that does not feel negative or pandering, but funny and even a bit optimistic. It’s rather light, yet it works very well.
Still, the meat of the issue is Blue and how he actually goes around in saving the day, which is actually fascinating in some ways, as not only does the nature of the gorilla stands revealed, but it also shows how far he has come in his journey. The development, the action and all the subplots stand their ground, with Spurrier connecting all of them together in a way that rewards those who have paid attention. Every characters that had been featured, every single themes are showcased and the resolution comes full circle with how the story began, yet does so in a way that is both happy and sad, leaving some elements to interpretation. It’s a fitting ending to a bizarre tale.
Speaking of strangeness, this is where the issue might shine or fail based on personal merits, as Spurrier does throw in some amazing concepts that might require a bit more of suspension of disbelief from the readers. The nature of the gorilla is a concept that is simply brilliant, yet it’s perhaps one of the most out-there ideas that could throw some off the book. The fact that Blue seems to be somewhat on the same wave with the planet, or how a television show can cause some backlash on Earth might be too much for some, but thematically, it’s something really beautiful for those who welcomed the weirdness. Your mileage may vary.
The art of Jeff Stokely is not something that should put people off the book, though, as it’s beautiful. The composition of his panels, how he is able to use empty space, how he place his characters and how he switch from heavy action to tense dialogue makes for a very rewarding read visually. The characters are expressive in subtle ways, the motion and poses are kinetic yet not so that it becomes overbearing. Of course, there are moments where Stokely indulge himself, which are few and far between, yet comes off as rather impressive. The beginning of the fight between the gorilla and the green man is downright amazing and the last blazetime page is utterly memorable, yet those are minor standouts in an issue that is for the most part appealing in terms of visuals. There are a few moments when some lines ad details are a bit blurry, of course, as no one in the business is perfect, but the desired emotions from the script are well laid-out on the pages.
The colorization of André May, at times, goes in the same way as Stokely as there are some moments of sheer brilliance. The blazetime pages gets brighter and brighter with each succeeding panel, mellowing out details in order to give the effect of impossible heat on the pages. The difference between Earth and the war planet is also fairly well put-out on the pages, with a certain diversification in terms of color tones, with colder colors like green and blue mostly appearing there, whereas warmer and duller colors like beige, brown and red are mostly present in other scenes. Still as it may, no colors let itself becoming invasive as the important elements receive the better lot in terms of diversity and handling. The work of André May can come off as simple at times, yet there’s no doubt it’s effective.
The Conclusion: With a big and moving conclusion, Six-Gun Gorilla manage to bring its story to a fitting and beautiful end that makes the most of the talents behind the creative team. Congratulations to Simon Spurrier, Jeff Stokely and André May and the rest of the team behind this book for a bizarre, yet thrilling ride.
Hugo Robberts Larivière