Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Ivan Brandon
All Art: Nic Klein
Lettering: Aditya Bidikar
Alternative Cover: David Rubin
As we mentioned reviewing issue #14, here begins the fourth and last story arc in Drifter.
At the end of the previous arc, we saw the mysterious creature with a glowing head and human hands, who seemed to be running the village, being shot dead by Captain Pollux while the villagers were being massacred by the alien (well… actually, they are the native species) Wheelers. Then, the remaining members of the expedition that accompanied Pollux in the second arc managed to blow up everything, very likely including themselves. On purpose.
Issue #15 shows that only a few survived, amongst them the sheriff and Pollux himself. We find them having a very uncomfortable conversation, touching on unpleasant topics – all this while Pollux is bathing. This also serves as a recap of sorts of what happened in the past 14 issues. At least from their point of view.
Drifter has been an extremely challenging series to follow until now, with dreamlike sequences that maybe did happen only in dreams, reveals that didn’t really say much, characters who actually are other characters… and now we start understanding that everything is linked to Pollux. How and why, I hope will be revealed in the next issues.
There is only one thing that is clear and constant in every issue of Drifter: the fact that Nic Klein’s art is absolutely outstanding. Whether he’s depicting a pile of smouldering ruins or Captain Pollux having a bath, a blue, peaceful, amphibious creature or a rusty small aircraft, everything seems to jump right out of the page.
In conclusion: Drifter is an extremely interesting but challenging story, and honestly I think that it’d be difficult to start reading it from here – despite the fact that this issue is the beginning of a story arc. In order to try to understand this series, I’d say it’s necessary to start from the beginning. The trade paperback collections of the first three arcs – Out of the Night, The Wake and Lit by Fire – are available to purchase: in order to be able to try to understand Drifter, I’d say it’d be extremely useful if not necessary to go back to issue #1 (that initially seemed pretty straightforward – little we knew…).