Advance Review: Jae Lee is the Real Savior in `Seven Sons’ #6
by Tom Smithyman
While the story has a great deal of relevance for today, a repeated reliance on Muslim fundamentalists as the antagonists is beyond troublesome. Fortunately, Jae Lee’s artwork sets this series apart,
If there’s one thing that Seven Sons has taught us, it’s that being one of the chosen few isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The vast majority of the Jesi – the seven would-be Messiahs born of virgins on different continents – have been killed, leaving only Delph and Ep. Delph has had serious doubts about his credentials for being coronated as the second coming.
After escaping the Watchmen, the Islamic fundamental group seeking to kill the Jesi, Deph makes his way back New Canaan, the former Las Vegas of the devoutly Christian United States.
While most of the story is set in the late 1990s, the text from writers Robert Windom and Kelvin Mao is particularly topical – even more so as we’re in the middle of yet another divisive election season. During a flashback to the 1970s, two characters discuss the discuss George Wallace’s failed presidential campaigns. “Media is the oxygen that nationalism needs,” one tells the other.
Unfortunately, the story is still dominated by the problematic Watchmen. The writers are trying to make the point that these are the true believers of God. But that’s a hard pill to swallow when the are killing Christians – particularly would-be saviors.
As usual Jae Lee’s artwork lifts every page it graces. Given some of the questionable choices made by the writing team, Lee has been the series’ salvation. His unique linework is perfect for this particular story of God and man. In the hands of any other artist, the title would not likely be as successful as it is with Lee’s massive contributions. His main cover for this issue is particularly beautiful – and contains a spoiler for those paying attention.
The issue ends with a shocking death that few readers will see coming. It sets up a final issue where all hell could break loose literally.
Seven Sons #6 will be available for purchase on November 9, 2022.