Review: King Of Spies #4

From Image Comics, it’s the last issue of this mini-series in a large size bombastic finale! This is King Of Spies #4.

Sir Roland King was Britain’s most famous spy. Now, he’s riddled with bullets and dying in a slum apartment. But in his time of greatest need, an old love has returned to nurse him back to life. She wants him back on his feet to finish his self-assigned final mission: murdering all the men and women in high office that he knows are to blame for the absolute mess the world has become. He is happy to oblige. Warning: this EXTRA-LENGTH FINALE ISSUE is jam-packed with ABSOLUTE MAYHEM.

Writer – Mark Millar
Artist – Matteo Scalera
Cover A & B – Matteo Scalera
Cover C – Ozgur Yildirim

This issue kicks off with some of the quieter moments in King’s life, as we look at some of the reflections of King, and his son’s life. It’s saddening in a way, but it links up nicely with the rest of the story.

Then we are straight into the action. It’s brutal, gory and has all the moments we have come to expect from this team. It works out well – building on the threats of the previous issues. Between this and the final act, we get some interesting introspections from King. Not only as he thinks about his past, and those he has either left behind or hidden away, but also of those who came before him. It works well and really looks at the redemption and attainment that he desperately wants.

There is an interesting throwaway comment he makes, which I didn’t pick up on – even after the explosive finale to this issue. It was only when writing this I got the reference.

The final act is well played out. There’s a plan in place, and then things start getting twisted, I like the way this is done though and there are some genuine reactions. King Jr was well done here.

The epilogue to the story ties a nice bow around it all, and I do wonder if there would ever be something more from these characters – I’m sure it could be done.

This was an excellent fast-paced series, with some well-done scenes, combined with some brilliant action (both told and shown) and a great story.

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