Monday, August 29, 2005

SMOKE #3

In a week where Warren Ellis proves a pale copy of himself, Alex de Campi gives us confidence that the next wave of spy thriller conspiracy theorists is ready to assume command.

Smoke concludes with a bang, very literally, but leaves enough open both to keep it from ending too neatly as well as to allow for the possibility of future stories featuring Rupert Cain. The bad guys haven't lost, but neither have the good guys. In life as in the shadowy world of politics, there is no such thing as black and white and there is no such thing as a clean slate. The cycle goes on and all the survivors can do is learn from the experience. Which is really how it should be.

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