It’s a breath of fresh air to read Phil Hester concocting a sci-fi story grounded on real events, with no superheroes on it but plenty of action, mystery and ageless entities deciding the fate of the world.
Marquez’s art made me go back to the ’90s feeling, so much that I kind of felt nostalgic. His art had every bit of nonstop action that decade left us, but with a big improvement: facial expressions. Even if the main character, The Steward, is supposed to be somewhat blind, his rage, his irony and his anxiety can be felt throughout the page.
I am new to Days Missing, and I have to say that, though there are great precedents of time travelers or reality-warping beings in comics, I have enjoyed how this issue is set up, the surprises it carries along the way and the unexpected ending. It’s definitely a well-told done-in-one tale that seems to set up a different course of action for the main players from here onwards.
The Steward and Kestus have different views on humanity, which are both well portrayed by their actions and their words in this issue. They have been respectively watching and living among them and reached their own conclusions about mankind’s inevitable fate. As their views are opposite, it’s no surprise that the whole issue is a clash of titans, with both of them pulling out tricks from up their sleeve to try and achieve their goal. Kestus wants mankind not to go into space in order to keep them confined to Earth… so what better way to try to stop the Apollo 11 launch than working from the inside?
I liked the ’60s secret service paranoia in the issue; couldn’t help but see Ed Harris’ head on the security guy, with his shades and military hair cut.
I liked the nod to sleeper agents waking up with a secret code.
I liked that there can be two different and opposing views on humanity: one that has faith in us and one that sees us dooming the Universe, making the same mistakes again and again… and I found myself having a hard time deciding which would be my side in the argument.
I liked the beautiful ending, which I did not expect.
I liked Days Missing: Kestus.
And I bet you will, too, if you’re the kind of guy who’s always had the suspicion that someone was messing with humanity, that there HAD to be something else behind it all.
Well, guess what? There actually was.