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Review – Days Missing: Kestus #4

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Days Missing-Kestus 004 CoverIt took three issues for me to get into the series and the fourth continues in this positive direction by again giving me something I can relate to.  Days Missing: Kestus #4 almost makes it to present day, stopping on the eve of the new millennium as Y2K looms and anxiety was so high.  A fictional take of the disaster and what if is presented before us with a great twist.

Archaia and Roddenberry Productions continue the history-making series DAYS MISSING! January 1st, 2000—the dawn of a new century came and went without incident. Or did it? On a day of fear and uncertainty, excitement and anticipation, with billions of dollars spent in preparation and humanity’s way of life hanging in the balance, The Steward encounters a true-life super villain bent on bringing the horror of Y2K to the world. Since the dawn of mankind, the enigmatic Steward has guided our destiny in solitude. But now he’s not alone—the immortal woman known as Kestus leads a secret society capable of predicting The Steward’s comings and goings. How will they affect the impending Y2K disaster? DAYS MISSING: KESTUS #4 adds another chapter to the thrilling exploits of The Steward, a being whose ability to “fold” days of time has resulted in critical human events being absent from our historical record. Although their existence is not remembered…the occurrences of these days have forever changed the course of Earth’s evolution!

The series is about mankind and our penchant for good and bad.  It questions the existence of destiny, fate and God.  Exactly what you’d expect from something with the Rodenberry name on it.  It has many of the same themes you’ve seen in their series like Star Trek.

The series has one more issue to go and I have no idea what to expect.  We’ll see what the final issue has in store, but so far it’s got me interested and looking forward to what’s next.

Plot:  Phil Hester has got me hooked.  It says something about somebody’s writing when I can go from being indifferent about the first two issues to being interested in these past two.  It helps the series has shifted into more modern times and the debate as to mankind’s destiny has increased with it.  I can relate better to it, and expect we’ll see similar for the fifth and final issue of this volume.  Rating: 8.25

Art:  David Marquez’s art is still solid, and there’s a bit of a feel of the time period.  It doesn’t completely blow me away, but he pulls it off well. Rating: 8

Overall: As the series has moved into modern times it’s become more relate-able.  The discussion throughout has also gotten interesting as fate and destiny are discussed more.  It says a lot that I can be turned around so quickly in a series.  The fifth and final issue of this volume will be the deciding factor as to my overall thoughts.  Overall rating: 8.25

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.95     Release: 3/2/11

Archaia provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.