Starting To Look Like Another Waco In Grass Kings #14

by Brendan M. Allen

The penultimate issue! An enemy sits on the throne of the Grass Kingdom, and it’s up to the three brothers to band together once again to take back their home.

Grass Kings #14 opens with Bruce, still in Cargill, getting some juicy information on the Humberts and the biggest break anyone’s had in the TAK case. King Robert’s fishing Feds out of the lake after Barko’s troops dropped their chopper with an RPG from the shore. The Kingdom is outmanned, outgunned, and surrounded. The FBI demands Archie’s surrender to end the standoff. In short, the excrement has hit the fan.

Matt Kindt has been steadily tightening the screws since the very first chapter in this amazing series. The tension is unbearable heading into the blowoff next month. There’s a lot of information in this chapter, and Kindt barely gives enough time to process one piece before throwing something else into the mix. One big reveal punches all kinds of holes in what has been my working theory for the last few installments.

Tyler and Hilary Jenkins consistently deliver some of the most visually striking images in modern comics. Tyler’s linework has a loose, sketchy feel, but allows for a surprising amount of fine detail and emotion. Much of that aspect is owing to Hilary’s watercolors.

Grass Kings #14 is a perfect lead in to the finale. All the pieces are set up, teetering, waiting to come crashing down. Anyone who claims they know the punchline is lying or guessing at this point. This is not one of those mysteries where the audience is in the know, waiting for the cast to catch up. Whoever TAK ends up being, and whatever happens, it’ll be a messy finish for both the Grass Kingdom and Cargill.

Congratulations to the whole team for Grass Kings’ 2018 Eisner nomination for Best New Series, and to Matt Kindt for his 2018 Eisner nomination for Best Writer.

Grass Kings #14, published by Boom! Studios, released 25 April 2018. Created by Matt Kindt (script), and Tyler Jenkins (illustrations), color by Hillary Jenkins, letters by Jim Campbell.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he mostly tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.