• Highlander: The American Dream #5

    Highlander: The American Dream #5
    Released by: IDW Publishing
    Released on: June 21st, 2017.
    Written by: Brian Ruckley
    Illustrated by: Andrea Mutti
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    “The Story So Far: Since the dawn of time, immortals have lived secretly amongst us—fated to await the time of the Gathering, when those who remain will battle for the Prize. A Prize that will bestow immense power upon the sole survivor. 1985. The Gathering has begun, and the world’s few surviving immortals are coming together in New York to face the final challenge of their long lives. Amongst them are Connor Macleod, the Highlander, and Osta Vazilek. Together, they stand against those who might plunge the world into darkness…”

    Connor is going out, he tells his lady friend Rachel that there’s something he needs to do and that Vazilek might die if he tries it alone. He heads out into the street, that pesky snooping former cop Highsmith following him, while Rachel gets a visit in the home shortly after.

    MacLeod arrives at a rundown old warehouse. Hooke is there, but he won’t show himself, at least not immediately. Eventually they find each other near the riverside, swords drawn. They intend to fight to the death, and Connor draws first blood. Elsewhere, Vazilek is on his motorcycle heading to the scene when he’s assaulted by a gaunt, longhaired, sword wielding Kurgan. He was clearly looking for another of the Immortals but will take what he can get. They fight, while on the other side of the river the monk sees the lightning strike, letting him know that the dual between MacLeod and Hooke has come to a finish.

    But there is still that unresolved matter of Highsmith, and of course, the Kurgan and Osta’s fight…

    This fifth and final issue of the American Dream mini-series ends a chapter in the Highlander’s story while still leaving things open for a follow up. It’s an entertaining read that provides us with a sense of closure. There isn’t a ton of character development in the run, but given that these characters were well established before this series started, that doesn’t matter as much as the way that Brian Ruckley’s story furthers the mythos and delivers the action. It’s done well, and it’s an entertaining book, which is always the most important aspect of a comic book. Andrea Mutti’s artwork is solid, portraying nice action scenes, good background detail and realistic looking facial expressions. All in all, this is a pretty satisfying finish to what was, from the first issue, a pretty fun read.

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