One Trick Rip-Off finishes here, the first story in the issue too. It’s pretty clear Pope was thinking, especially here—it has a multi-page wordless sequence for dramatic effect—of a single sitting read, not a one-year one. Some very nice art; some weak sentiment. The finish might read better as a single piece.
Actually, it’s an issue of finale installments—French has Ninth Gland’s strange close next and it’s… creepy and disturbing but not at all horrifying. In fact, if one were to synopsize the series, it would sound strange but not scary.
And then there’s Egg. Lovece writes this installment from the perspective of the egg creature. It’s an alien of some sort. I think Lovece is trying to do something about the cycle of abuse (inferring the kid beat the ugly alien for misbehaving with a crowbar). Well-intentioned or not, the writing’s idiotic.
The One Trick Rip-Off, Part Twelve; story and art by Paul Pope; lettering by Michael Neno. The Ninth Gland, Part Seven; story and art by Renée French. Egg, Part Three; story by Frank Lovece; art by Christopher Schenck; lettering by Sean Konot. Edited by Bob Schreck and Jamie S. Rich.