Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Ivan Brandon
All Art (including cover and variant cover): Nic Klein
Lettering: Aditya Bidikar
Now, a moment I always fear: recapping old issues of Drifter. It’s a titanic task that sometimes makes me feel inadequate. But I’ll bravely try again. Not long to go, this is the last story arc. After which everything will (or at least should) become clear. Which means that I’d be able to recap it. But I won’t need to. Unfortunately.
OK, back to the task at hand. Issue #15. Captain Pollux, the titular drifter (probably), ended up in a gunfight with Emmerich, the man who nearly killed him as soon as he crash-landed on the planet, back in issue #1. He gets seriously wounded, but manages to kill his enemy – who dies asking him why he killed “her” (like Pollux, we don’t know who he’s talking about). Immediately after, another armed man dressed exactly like Emmerich turns up threatening the captain.
Issue #16 opens with the newly arrived character, his face still hidden by a mask, threatening at gunpoint Pollux and the sheriff, who is helping him. Lima, the extremely dangerous small girl who has been following Emmerich from the start, seems instead to accept the defeat of her… master? Friend? Still, she realises he’s not dead yet and asks the sheriff, who is also a medical doctor, to try to help him.
Drifter is a strange series. Beautiful and poetic, confusing and difficult, with jaw-dropping art (even when depicting gritty situations) and astonishing dialogues between well crafted characters. And in this issue we really start understanding quite a lot of things. There’s still something obscure and unclear, but at this point I suppose that we’ll indeed get an explanation pretty soon.
Sure, it’s likely that some questions will always remain unanswered, and it’s a good thing; but at least the biggest enigmas in this series should be explained.
Now, to whom would I suggest to pick up this issue Drifter? At this point, honestly, to nobody. No, I’m not saying that this is not a series worth reading – what I’m actually saying is that starting to read it from the end would spoil the enjoyment and the marvel that Drifter creates. Start from the beginning, and get to issue #16 gradually: you’ll probably love it. If you manage not to get frustrated by the haze. Everything will become clear in the end.