Life Without Serka In Coda #9

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Serka has left Sir Hum after discovering his secret plan to “fix” her. Hum is left alone with his dying Pentacorn, and Hum scrounges enough Akker to save his beast. Hum is now adrift and left to find his own way. He wants to be done with magic, helping others, and risking his own safety for things he doesn’t benefit from. He decides to go to Dryfleet, the home territory of the Murkrone. Meanwhile, the true brain behind Thundervale turns the city back towards Ridgetown.

Coda #9 cover by Matias Bergara and German Garcia
Coda #9 cover by Matias Bergara and German Garcia

Coda #9 finds Sir Hum aimless and trying to fall back on what he believes to be his natural habits of selfishness, amorality, and solitude.

The comic continues to highlight how unreliable its narrator is, this time by showing us crossed-out “earlier drafts” of his journal entries. This is a pretty clever tactic, and contrasting what Hum naturally wants to say with what he wants to tell himself gives us even more insight into him as a character.

Coda also does a devastatingly good job of capturing the thoughts and feelings that follow a break-up. Sir Hum really has lost a part of himself with Serka, and he doesn’t know who he is without her. He also knows it’s his fault for not telling her his plan, and he blames himself incessantly in his darkest, most honest moments between his attempts at being okay.

It’s a deeply emotional read and shows some true storytelling genius on the part of writer Simon Spurrier. This comic captures so many small things that follow a bad break-up, and it’s hard not to empathize with Sir Hum.

Coda #9 art by Matias Bergara, Michael Doig, and letterer Jim Campbell
Coda #9 art by Matias Bergara, Michael Doig, and letterer Jim Campbell

Matias Bergara’s artwork continues to be just as brilliant, and his depiction of Sir Hum here adds so much to the emotional beats. This is in addition, of course, to his clever and memorable locales and characters spread throughout the world of Coda. The color work, with assists from Michael Doig, fleshes it all out with a palpable and decaying atmosphere to match the dying world of the comic.

Coda #9 is another powerhouse issue in the Boom! Studios maxiseries. Sir Hum may be at his lowest point, and the reader is dragged into his headspace and left to know exactly how the protagonist feels in a way few comics can accomplish. This one gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read.

Coda #9 comes to us from writer Simon Spurrier, artist and cover artist Matias Bergara, color assistant Michael Doig, letterer Jim Campbell, variant cover artist David LaFuente, and cover color artist German Garcia.

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