Neverland #4 (Zenescope – Brusha / DeShong / Embury / Campbell)
Pan learns that Wendy has come to Neverland and has been captured by the island’s natives. He unleashes his terrifying army of Lost Boys to take her from her captors, laying waste to their village in the process. Meanwhile Cross meets an ally that may hold the key to defeating Pan and saving Michael and John as well as Neverland itself.
This issue came out last week and the perfect bookend for what I believe to be an outrageously fantastic trade. We get a good chunk of the back story on Pan and Cross, we are introduced to Barr (who seems to be a key player) and we get a glimpse at Joe Brusha’s version of the Lost Boys (yes, undead killers are much scarier than little kids in animal outfits!).
Brusha continues reigning as a lord of the fantasy script as he continues to flesh out the mythology of Neverland (and in turn fleshing out the mythology of the Zene-verse in general – see Grimm Fairy Tales #49 – review up soon). The art holds up and is decent, but isn’t quite as shiny as what I am used to seeing in Zenescope books.
Bottom Line: Great story, dark and adventuresome plus a mermaid fight!
Issue Grade: A-