"Days Missing: Kestus #3" Comic Review
Written by James "Spez" Ferguson
Published by Archaia Comics
Written by Phil Hester
Illustrated by David Marquez
2011, 32 pages, $3.95
Comic released on February 2nd, 2011
The human race is defined by many moments in time that represent our major accomplishments. These include things like discovering fire, growing crops, and inventing breast implants. What if someone didn't want the human race to succeed though? And what if they had the ability to go back in time and alter these monumental days in our history? That's what Days Missing: Kestus is exploring.
Since the dawn of time there's been someone watching over us known only as the Steward. He has the ability to remove days completely from time, altering the path of human evolution. In this second volume of the series, the Steward is joined by another mysterious being called Kestus, who challenges him regarding his protection of the inhabitants of Earth. This has always been a solo job which the Steward has done without questioning himself, so Kestus is throwing a monkey wrench into his perfect world.
This issue takes a look at an important day for us all: July 16th, 1969, the day the Apollo 11 moon mission was launched. Kestus has infiltrated NASA in an effort to prevent the shuttle from ever taking off, forcing the Steward's hand to protect this piece of history. What follows is an impressive battle of wits and fists, with the advancement of the human race hanging in the balance. The two debate about the morals of the situation while events unfold around them.
Phil Hester takes the writing seat on Days Missing, leaving the art duties to David Marquez. Hester has a definitive style that I admire, but I'm glad that he didn't do the pencils here because I don't think it would work with the story. Marquez's work is very crisp and clean, however it looks a little plain. Yes, his art moves the story along but it doesn't add to the words. It just helps it get to the end of the issue.
There are a lot of questions that pop up throughout this book that make this whole idea work well. Is the human race ultimately worth protecting? Have our good actions outweighed the bad? Or should we be held back from advancing to the point of total destruction? It would seem that our fates are in the hands of the Steward and Kestus.
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