The End League #4 (Dark Horse – Remender / Broome / Canete / Parsons)
Hopeless, trapped between the forces of the Smiling Man, the brutal Nazi warlord Wolfsangel, and the soul-possessing Scarecrow Sinister, the surviving members of The End League find themselves at the mercy of the man they cast from their ranks–the mysterious Black. Meanwhile, Prairie Ghost makes a deal for salvation with the dark scientists of the Devil’s Addition!
So the bad news is the world is at an end, the bad guys won, evil psychopaths rule with a maniacal fist, the vast majority of the good guys are all dead and humans live in absolute fear (bonus points for the fact that the book itself was almost two months late), the good news? Well… there isn’t any!
That might be an overstatement, but not by too much. Rick Remender does write a richly detailed, deep and dark story that drew everyone in with the first issue. But now, three issues and nine months later, really all we have is that the remaining good guys have been hunted down by physical and psychological means… and even the most detailed and well plotted story accompanied by decent art can’t make the reader care about the fate of this world.
Apathy and resonable talent from the creators set aside, The End League is one of the most depressing “dark future” stories I have come across. This makes A Canticle for Leibowitz seem like a chipper musical.
Issue Grade: B-