With all of the excitement of PAX and the inevitable forceful nature that is life, last weeks Infernal Man-Thing was unfortunately put to the wayside. Well fret no more, I’ve finished this beautifully crafted epic and am ready to share it’s depressing tones with you.
In the previous Infernal Man-Thing, Brian Lazarus had almost officially lost his mind. His refuge at the asylum in the swamp had not eased his troubled mind and instead exacerbated his quickly deteriorating mental state. The Man-Thing is neither friend nor foe, appearing out of touch, on the outside looking in, possibly how Brian who knows he’s helplessly drifting into insanity feels.
How can I describe the climactic ending to this short and maddening series? Deceit, betrayal and sorrow are all that come to mind. I believe you can put the pieces together and understand that this story was never meant to have a happy ending. By the end, those who are affected by Brian’s loss of reality far surpass Brian himself. As sorrowful as the ending is, it’s almost a sigh of relief after living through Brian’s torment.
I’m still just in awe at how beautiful this series has been, how something so deranged and emotionally exhausting can make a creature in a swamp look like a priceless piece of art. It was a trip from reality I don’t think I could take any other way. May Steve Gerber rest in peace.
Back to the Farm.
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