Putting An End To Magic With Reaver #6

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Thes explains her history and how she came to meet Marris years ago. She also explains how she used Marris to become her once-living puppet. Mahan is ready to kill Thes, but she convinces Mahan that they’ll need to work together to bring the Anvil down. Mahabaran, the Escalene worker, has escaped, and, if he survives, more outposts like the Anvil will come. Mahabaran has recruited Eddos to his cause, and the two retreat down into the bowels of the Anvil. Mahan and Thes follow. Meanwhile, Rekala and Breaker have broken through the Escalene lines.

Reaver #6 cover by Becky Cloonan
Reaver #6 cover by Becky Cloonan

Reaver #6 brings the first story to a close. Eddos has revealed himself the traitor and Thes has shown herself to be the silent puppet master. All that is left is whether Mahan, Rekala, and Breaker will opt to complete their mission and destroy the Anvil.

It’s a bombastic finale worthy of the name Reaver has made for itself. All the revelations give way to four indentured heroes deciding whether they will give what will likely be their last moments to save the world that’s scorned them. 

Naturally, there is an open ending should Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs decide to return to the Reaver universe. 

The characters all get last chances to shine too. Jordan populated Reaver with one hell of a cast and each shows why they were worth following from the get-go in this issue.

Reaver #6 art by Rebekah Isaacs, Alex Guimarães, and letterer Clayton Cowles
Reaver #6 art by Rebekah Isaacs, Alex Guimarães, and letterer Clayton Cowles

Isaacs’ artwork is quite brilliant. There is a lot of bloodshed and mortal struggle in this issue and Isaacs makes it all look downright beautiful. Alex Guimarães gives the book an explosive palette which makes the action all the more vibrant.

Reaver #6 is a strong finish for this swords and sorcery tale. Jordan and Isaacs succeed in making this an unforgettable tale that may very well continue from here. Even if this is the only Reaver material we get, it was a damn good ride, and this finale gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

Reaver #6 comes to us from writer Justin Jordan, artist Rebekah Isaacs, color artist Alex Guimarães, letterer Clayton Cowles, and cover artist Becky Cloonan.

Final Score: 9/10

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