The story began with Adam willing to do what was necessary to save his family, whom we’re told he cares about most in life. We follow him throughout his journey—a man known for betrayal since he was born—to free the people of a tyrant who never lies and keeps good to his word. If this juxtaposition wasn’t evident before, it’s certainly become clear now. No matter how the plot moved forward, the story always focused on two core themes: truth and rationality. Adam Osiris is truly realized. We’ve seen these two men discuss their reasoning for what they did, whether personal or for the good of the entire world.
It’s with this revelation that we finally realize we aren’t witnessing the story of a noble effort to redeem his family name. Instead, we’re witnessing the story of a man laid bare for all to see, and what we see is rot. Adam isn’t a good man; he never was, and that’s heartbreaking. Whether it was because of his family’s legacy or because he really did compromise himself to hell, it doesn’t matter. He was resentful of who he was and focused everything he did for the betterment of himself. Everything and everyone came second to him in the end. We couldn’t see the whole truth, though, because of his rationalization. It’s easy to rationalize your choices, good or bad. Making bad choices for the greater good is tantamount to this idea. It’s a common trope that’s used in entertainment, like Breaking Bad, for example. A hero does horrific acts, like murder, because of some higher power. But it’s never about their loved ones or the world. It’s always been about them and what they wanted no matter the price. In the end, though, the payment is always due.
Remender and Opeña’s tale of a desperate man making a desperate attempt to better the lives of those around him concludes in an exciting and mind-boggling way. Everything from the dialogue to the art works in unison. I’m sad to see the story end, but I couldn’t think of a more impactful ending than this.
Creative Team: Rick Remender (writer); Jerome Opeña (art); Matt Hollingsworth (colors); Rus Wooton (letters); Erika Schnatz (production design) Will Dennis (editor); Tyler Jennes & Gabe Dinger (assistant editors)
Publisher: Image Comics
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