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Elsbeth has finally found the last of the Forty Swords and he’s working as an agent for the Church in Northumberland. He denies any affiliation with the Forty Swords, but he’s still more than happy to fight Elsbeth on behalf of the Church. The fight begins, but the Church agent has the upper hand, as Elsbeth is fighting too angrily and recklessly. She will need to get a hold of herself if she is to win this fight and finally find peace. Meanwhile, Dag is trying to open an old stone tomb.
Sword Daughter #9 brings the story of Dag and Elsbeth to a close, with Elsbeth dueling the final member of the Forty Swords that killed her family and destroyed her village.
Dag has little to do in this issue. The opening scene finds him raiding the stone coffin, but we don’t see any more of him until the end of the comic.
This issue is all about Elsbeth, which feels right. She is the one who stayed committed to this mission long after Dag gave up. She is the one who has spent her life in dedication to vengeance, so she is the one who gets to see it through.
The closing of the story is almost too clean. We see what happens after this fateful duel and it’s almost too happy for this bloody saga. That said, there is one loose end that brings down the light tone of the ending.
Mack Chater once again blows me away in this issue. His ability to craft the landscape around the subjects of each panel is breathtaking. He keeps the fight scenes coherent and clear. Each motion flows into the next and we get to watch the progression of the duel between Elsbeth and the final Forty Sword. José Villarrubia gives the book the cold and cruel color palette it needs to maintain its personality.
Sword Daughter #9 is a gripping and appropriately bloody finale to this Dark Horse Comics series. We get to see Elsbeth enact her final act of vengeance against the Forty Swords as well as what comes after. It’s a beautiful comic with a great story and it earns a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.
Sword Daughter #9 comes to us from writer Brian Wood, artist and variant cover artist Mack Chater, color artist José Villarrubia, letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot, and cover artist Ben Oliver.
Final Score: 8.5/10
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