Day Men #8 Review

Reviewing the last issue of a series, especially one like Day Men, is hard to do. Obviously, there’s the reluctance to give anything that could be construed a spoiler. There’s also the reluctance to say goodbye to a series and characters that I really enjoyed, cared about, and want to see go on indefinitely. I’ll get more into these elements in our review of Day Men #8.

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Writers: Matt Gagnon & Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

Solicitation:
Final issue! The fallout from the Justice by Day battle reaches its climax as the Virgo and Ramses families fight for their survival against the Scourge.

Review:
Marvel and DC have really done a disservice to the storytelling ability of comics. They’ve conditioned readers to the convention of the never-ending story. When we have a finite story, with a definite ending, we tend to want to know what happened next, even if it might not be as exciting as the initial story. For your own sake, please refrain from demanding more from Day Men.

What makes Day Men such a great story isn’t just moving the focus from the vampires to the people that serve them, it also slowly peels away the world, showing more and more unique aspects of their world. At the end of the story we are set with a world that will be a little more mundane for a long while. Gagnon and Nelson have set up a long rehabilitation not only for the characters, but for the world itself. It could also be seen as a version of “the hero’s journey,” a convention popularized by Joseph Campbell. David makes that journey throughout the series, and if we were to continue on, it would be a disservice to David’s journey.

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Brian Stelfreeze’s artwork is impeccable as always and given that much of the action takes place in intense sunlight, the colors are suitably washed out where its intense and rich in the shadows. Throughout the series, the night has had some of the best colors, and this is no exception, although this issue is probably in the bottom half of all the coloring jobs done for the series. Stelfreeze is moving on to Black Panther for Marvel, so hopefully there will not be as long a wait between stories featuring his artwork as there was before Day Men. I will miss his work on this series, though. Stelfreeze really got to flex his artistic muscles and was apparently given enough time to make each page worth it.

Undoubtedly, this series will be collected by BOOM! and when it is, I will seek it out. Until then, I recommend that you go back and find every issue of this great series, and perhaps even the special Pen & Ink Edition to view Brian Stelfreeze’s art in it’s purest form.