The Thin Air Killer Is Finally Unmasked In Grass Kings #15

by Brendan M. Allen

From The New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and Peter Panzerfaust artist Tyler Jenkins comes a rural mystery series chronicling the tragic lives of the Grass Kings, three brothers and rulers of a trailer park kingdom, a fiefdom of the hopeless and lost, of the desperate poor seeking a promised land. Eldest brother Robert leads a grief-stricken life, having lost his daughter to a tragic accident, followed by his wife disappearing one morning never to return.

An oversized finale as we say goodbye to the Grass Kingdom and its residents.

Normally, I’d post a few of the opening pages right here to give an idea of what the book actually looks like. In the interest of a spoiler-free review, I will not be posting the opening sequence of this issue, since the identity of the Thin Air Killer is almost immediately brought to light. You want to know who TAK is, you’re gonna have to buy the book.

So, yeah. TAK is unmasked in the opening sequence, but the information actually begs more questions than answers, and Matt Kindt doesn’t do us the disservice of answering them all before the final bell. The process of digging through rubble of ruined lives for hidden nuggets of truth took some wrong turns, and in some cases even hit complete dead ends. The whole thing was amazingly frustrating until the awesome final reveal. Every pop was earned the hard way, and it made the blowoff so much more satisfying.

Anyone who’s been pulling Grass Kings won’t be surprised at all that the Jenkins killed the finale. Tyler’s loose pencils have an almost impressionist quality, but somehow bring just the right amount of detail and expression to these pages. The raw emotion and awkward tension bleed through Hilary’s gritty watercolor palette.

Kindt and co. pulled out all the stops in this oversized finale. This quirky, nuanced secessionist drama/murder mystery hit on every level, right up to the brilliant final pop that leaves us mostly satisfied, but also screaming for more. This is legitimately one of the best stories I’ve ever read, and it’s going to leave a huge hole in my pull list.

Grass Kings #15, published by Boom! Studios, released on 30 May 2018. Written by Matt Kindt, art by Tyler Jenkins, color by Hilary 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.