[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Thundervale and its marauding inhabitants assault a castle run by a vampire with a magic scepter. This gives Sir Hum and Serka a chance to enact their plans. Hum wishes to steal Akker to remove Serka’s rage, and Serka aims to kill the Whitlord she believes is piloting the giant. When the attack begins, Hum and Serka are able to stage a diversion which wins them the scepter–almost. However, Notch sees through their ruse and looks to claim scepter for herself.
Coda #7 brings a major confrontation and a few twists to this tale of scheming bards and raging warriors.
The relationship between Sir Hum and Serka complicates, as Serka is becoming more suspicious of Hum’s schemes. Notch continues to be an ambiguous agent, and we are unsure if she would backstab Sir Hum given the opportunity.
The real highlight happens in the final few pages, when the secrets of the Whitlord are revealed, Hum must decide if he is going through with his plans to “save” Serka, and Serka must decide what her purpose in life is.
Hum’s background narrative in this issue centers around people clinging to parts of their old lives, whether they are productive, destructive, or outright useless. It ties into the ending of this installment quite well, and much of it is really clever.
Matias Bergara’s artwork continues to be mystical yet desolate world with the right level of surrealism and destruction. The monsters look haggard, all structures are decaying, and our heroes look outright exhausted. It gives the world the hopeless personality it needs. Bergara depicts visual expression excellently, adding visual character to our heroes. The colors, with assists by Michael Doig, center around yellows, grays, and browns, and this makes the world look appropriately sick and dying.
Coda #7 gears the series up for its final act with some shocking revelations, shaken relationships, and growing danger. Everything is not as it seems, and Sir Hum is learning it all a little too late for his own good. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read.
Coda #7 comes to us from writer Simon Spurrier, artist and cover artist Matias Bergara, color assistant Michael Doig, letterer Jim Campbell, and variant cover artist Jack T. Cole.