Writer: Jon Rivera and Gerard Way
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Colors: Nick Filardi
Letters: Clem Robins
Covers: Michael Avon Oeming & Nick Filardi; Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Editor: Molly Mahan
Publisher: DC Comics
Mazra: Princess of Muldroog, Scientist, Adventurer, Wife and Mother, has been the true focal point of the entirety of Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye. Every single person in the book, be it enemies or allies, friends or family, was deeply touched by her life and her death. For some she was an inspiration: to be better, to try or learn something new, to live outside of the confines of who you’re supposed to be. For others she was a turning point: her death unleashing their darker sides, things they held back or didn’t acknowledge (even to themselves) coming out in force and leading to unimaginable pain and horror. For Cave and Chloe Mazra’s life and death, while filling them with grief that only those who’ve lost a spouse or parent can truly understand, also led to them figuring out just who they were together, without her there to be a buffer between them. In doing so they truly became a father and daughter in ways that they simply weren’t before.
With the end of this truly thought-provoking introductory arc of CCHACE we see not one but two families and teams restored in unexpected ways; an awe inspiring resurrection and one utterly batshite crazy dude put down by the very thing he tried to destroy. It’s a satisfying wrap up to a complex story that leaves the possibilities open, not only for a villainous return, but future crossovers between different earths that actually make sense.
As always Oeming, Filardi and Robins give us fantastic artwork, colors and lettering that tells as much of the story as the words themselves. In particular Oeming’s very specific style of art gives this comic a certain oompf factor I don’t think it would have otherwise. While the story itself is phenomenal this is one of the truest artist/writer collaborations I’ve seen in a long, long time. With CCHACE you can tell that these particular artists fed off of the storyline and characters that they were given and vice versa. This book is clearly a beloved group effort and one filled with heart from top to bottom.
In other words, I am a little in lurve with CCHACE and can’t wait to see what adventures Cave, Chloe, Mad Dog and crew get up to next.
Five Mighty Moles out of Five.