The Road Home Within Reach In Life Is Strange #12
by Josh Davison
Mild Spoilers Ahead
Max, Chloe, Rachel, and Tristan gather at the beach to begin the process that will hopefully send Max back home. As they begin, Max reflects on her last conversations with each of her friends. She and Tristan spoke about the potential dangers of this “ritual.” Max and Rachel discussed whether Max’s time in this dimension meant anything and if she will take a piece of Rachel back home with her. Max and Chloe take a selfie with Max’s old camera and wonder why Chloe innately knew things about Max’s home dimension. Finally, the four of them begin and Max starts her journey home.
Life is Strange #12 brings this arc to its climax and conclusion. The crew is ready to send Max home and each of them have to wonder what all of this means and what it could possibly lead into.
Naturally, it’s an emotional comic. Max says her goodbyes to Rachel and Chloe. Everyone has to reckon with the insanity of it and the fact that they’ll likely never completely understand it.
We get to see some of Max’s travel through the “Transect” and it differs a good bit from last time. There’s an element of darkness to it that complicates the narrative as well as what we thought we knew about this rendition of the Life is Strange universe.
Claudia Leonardi continues to kill it in the visual department. Her take on Chloe, Max, Rachel, and Tristan is connecting, emotional, and gorgeous. These characters feel human and textured both visually and narratively. Andrea Izzo continues to give the world the appropriate amount of light and color while making it look great.
Life is Strange #12 brings this story to an exciting, perplexing, and somewhat ominous conclusion. We’re left to question what we thought we knew about the Transect and Max’s powers while watching four lovable and engaging characters reckon with the supernatural maelstrom their lives have become. This one gets a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.
Life is Strange #12 comes to us from writer Emma Vieceli, artist and cover artist Claudia Leonardi, color artist Andrea Izzo, letterers Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt, and variannt cover artist Will Offer.
Final Score: 8.5/10