Publisher: Boom! Studios
Storytellers: Kevin J Anderson (writer) and Neal Peart (story and lyrics) with Nick Robles (artist)
After some time, Owen awakens in the care of the Wreckers, at their floating city of ships. The Wreckers possess an airship that uses Coldfire as a lighthouse beacon, to lure in potential prey. Owen sees how the Wreckers live, with freedom from the Watchmaker’s ‘stability’ and eventually, once again meets the Anarchist, whom stole one of the Watchmaker’s Divine Calculators, which was how he was able to find Owen. However, the Watchmaker was able to use the same device to divine the location of Owen and the Wreckers’ city and the army arrives to claim him. As the Wreckers and the Watchmaker’s Army do battle, Owen is able to escape using the Wreckers’ airship, which doesn’t get him too far and crashes into the ocean. Owen, luckily, washes up on shore and stumbles upon the circus he had stayed with in Crown City. There he once again finds the lovely Francesca, whom he eventually marries. Owen stays with the circus, as their juggler, and visits home again, learning that his father constantly told everyone about his son’s adventures. Owen discovered that the greatest treasure and accomplishment in life, was finding the love and respect of his beloved Francesca!
A somewhat ‘rushed’ (pun intended) ending to this wonderful mini-series! I feel that this issue could have been broken down into two issues, but that would have left the series off with an odd number, which is usually isn’t down. I really enjoy this world, it’s interesting, colorful and full of magic and adventure, which is why I understand we get no closure at the end! We get closure for Owen, that’s a definite, but the war between the Watchmaker and the Anarchist doesn’t. This may be that the writer and the band don’t want to close off the possibility of more stories in this world or maybe, just maybe, the ending is ultimately left up to us! Maybe we’re to decide, as we read this final issue, what happens to this world. As a tabletop gamer, this series would make for a great gaming world, and that may be where I get my closure. Even with the ending/non-ending, this series is fantastic with beautiful art, an interesting setting/world and a great story, you should pick this one up!