Lullaby: Wisdom Seeker #4
Quick Rating: Great
The march to Oz continues!
Writers: Mike S. Miller & Ben Avery
Art: Hector Sevilla
Colors: Ulises Arreola & Djoko Santiko
Letters: Bill Tortolini
Editor: Mike S. Miller
Cover Art: Hector Sevilla
Publisher: Image Comics/Alias Enterprises
The inaugural miniseries of Hector Sevilla’s Lullaby draws to a close this issue, and I must say, it’s a highly satisfying end to the first story arc that leaves you thirsty for the new series, coming this fall from Alias.
As Alice, Red Riding Hood, the Cheshire Cat and the Pied Piper continue their march towards Oz, they finally meet up with Jim Hawkins, trying desperately to free Pinocchio from the bonds of the World Tree. Merged with the giant tree, Pinocchio finds himself forced to face off against a giant robotic woodsman that’s destroying the forest.
A giant woodsman? That sounds familiar, doesn’t it? As someone says in this issue, all things are pointing back to Oz, which may be one of the reasons I love this series so much. I’ve always been a fan of all things Oz, and it seems that this is the direction all of these disparate fantasy stars are going in. That’s what I enjoy, the patchwork, the thrill of seeing these characters come together. I’ve often compared this comic to Bill Willingham’s Fables – that’s because both titles have the same basic appeal, that of seeing so many different stories come together.
Sevilla’s artwork is really good here. I know some people just don’t like the manga influence, and that’s really their loss, because if you can get past that you see some really amazing things. Come on, a fifty-foot Pinocchio slugging it out with a robot lumberjack? How can you not see the appeal in that?
This issue has the most action we’ve seen yet, and it’s all well done. We get to see just how much Jim’s shark-sword is capable of, we get to see how the others will do in combat, and we get the feeling that there’s still a lot more to come.
This issue does exactly what you want in the last issue of a story arc – it gives us a satisfying conclusion for the introduction, but it leaves us wanting more, and that’s going to bring us back when the series goes ongoing in September.