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*Editor’s note: I’m going to start with some recapping from the last issue, so if you haven’t read that far and want to then maybe do that first. Also, there are general plot points of part 3 in my review, so best to be all caught up before going further. Happy reading!
When last we left our hero things looked pretty bleak. Imogen had succeeded in wiping out humanity by blowing up a planet in the final page of our last installment. We pick up in an asteroid field that is the remains of the planet, Callus 3…
With the human race being wiped out, Sage is desperate to find a way of stopping Imogen before she continues on her warpath and finds another race to slaughter, and another, until she is dictator of the Universe. First she must leave Imogen’s ship and reunite with Thantos and her crew. Once there, Sage gets a brilliant idea that involves time travel (!!) to pretty much make it so none of this ever happens. Of course, time travel is a tricky business, so she doesn’t arrive exactly when she would have preferred. There’s always a plan B though, and that is where we leave things…
I’m not stopping there to avoid spoilers or to be coy (although I have left out plenty of detail so there are still a few surprises left). There actually is a bit of a cliffhanger with this one though, and it is my one bit of disappointment in the whole series. I’m generally ok using a cliffhanger to keep the reader engaged, but since this was the end of the series, I was hoping to get at least some closure. It would’ve been nice if we hadn’t left the entire race in peril and instead had left Sage with “ok, solved this problem but now I’m trapped out of time” or something like that. Overall I’m very happy with the series as a whole though, and I’m definitely invested enough to want to continue on with Sage in her further adventures. Which, the next series in the Sage Escape timeline will be “Transhuman”. There’s no release date on that as of now, but you can be sure I’ll be posting about it as soon as that sucker drops. For now, the release date of Equinox (part 3) is Nov 4, and you can always go back and reread the whole series while you’re waiting for new material.
Before I get into my review of the second part of this three-part story, let me give a quick recap of the first chapter (because I know I sure as hell needed it).
The first chapter of Equinox found Sage floating through space in an escape pod and eventually picked up by Imogen Cray (who is the antagonist’s daughter from Mars Gambit). Imogen has taken over Friendly Corp since her father’s death and is in the midst of a battle with the last remaining humans. We left off with Imogen revealing her plan to kill the human president and attempting to get Sage to along side her.
Our story continues with the ongoing war (and some pretty cool fight sequences, if you ask me). Obviously Sage wants nothing to do with this, and is dragged back to Imogen’s ship once she realizes Sage will be no help to her. One of Sage’s former teammates makes contact with her and says a rescue attempt has been planned. Will the rescue be successful? And will Imogen succeed in her mission to kill the President? You’ll get these answers plus the surprise return of a character from Mars Gambit in the current issue of Equinox, which dropped July 1st and is currently available for your viewing pleasure.
In case you need a refresher, since it’s been awhile, I’m going to take a brief look at what happened in the last series of Sage Escape comics before we jump into the brand new issue that just came out.
Previously: Sage survived the destruction of her village by Friendly Corp and seeks revenge. She travels to Mars and learns the person responsible for the media cover up was Elvis Cray. She assassinates him and is hunted down for it. We last left her trapped in an emergency escape pod, falling endlessly through space.
We pick up in the midst of a final conflict between the salesman assassin empire and the human resistance. Two ships on opposite sides of the conflict will discover the escape pod which holds our hero, Sage. Who will get to Sage first? And what will she do when she finds herself caught in the middle of the war? The first chapter in the “Equinox” storyline sets up what promises to be another grand adventure with Sage. This issue came out April 15th, so use your tax money and join us, won’t you? It looks like we’re going to be in for a treat. I’d hate for anyone to miss all the excitement.
This is it, the final chapter in the Mars Gambit series. Sage is going to confront the Cray family about the military activity on Earth. If you remember from the previous two issues, there was a bounty on her head, but the hunter agreed to let her prove what she claimed to be true. Well she may have succeeded there, but now there is a second hunter on her tail. Can Sage find the proof she needs and get it to the right people? You’ll get a partial answer but the rest continues in a new storyline called “Equinox”. In the meantime you get some very deep stuff and a little twist at the end. I definitely encourage you to read this issue (if you haven’t already) but be prepared, because it doesn’t end like you think it will. You can download your copy on their website today.
When I did my first review of this comic, it was the little indie engine that could. I am very pleased to be able to say that through the power of the internet, they have been picked up by ComiXology. They will be putting out the next series in about 2 months. Stay tuned folks, because I definitely want to report on this story as it develops.