Grass Kings delivers.
Month after month, this creative team continues to expand the world, the humanity that resides in it, and the connection that everyone has to the land and to their own blood.
After last month’s explosive confrontation, and some slight mopping up, the town and the Kingdom are back to a tentative truce. All the conflicts you expected to be resolved are wrapped up, and this issue puts a nice bow on the first story arc, finalizing it very tidily.
There are some really breathtaking moments in this book, and for once I’m not speaking about the artwork (which is still top shelf, naturally). Robert’s discussion with someone from his past is raw, honest, and painful as all hell. His moments of reflection on his missing daughter are like a fresh wound to the entire cast every time it’s brought up, and the story does not shy away from that pain or what it means to live through it.
Also, I appreciate that the Kingdom pulls back in this book and chooses not to kill all the invaders. They know their precarious position, and all they want is to be left alone–a sentiment that might not come through in other comics, as violence and might makes right in lots of cases. The Kingdom is filled with normal people who can’t hack it in society, but that doesn’t make them want to kill their neighbors.
The next arc will start to focus on Robert’s daughter, her disappearance, and the ongoing hints of a serial killer operating around or living right in the Kingdom’s midst. As this series continues to unfold, and this particular mystery starts to unravel, will we see the tight knit community start to unravel if the killer is one of them? Can they survive knowing that the lawlessness of their enclave is what lead to so many deaths?
I for one can’t wait to find out.
This is one of the few comics I’m still reviewing after shifting to mostly gaming content. You couldn’t pry this one out of my cold, dead hands. It’s brilliant. I’m looking forward to the collection so I can sit down and re-read this entire run once again. You should absolutely check this out, and support comics that tell interesting and nuanced tales like these.