This past week, the fifth and final issue of “Days Missing: Kestus” was released. The story has now come full circle, both a beginning and an end. It is a fitting way to end this chapter of the life of The Steward.
Once again, The Steward and Kestus are present for a pivotal event for humanity, an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. Scientists hope that the work done at the LHC will provide answers to many questions of physics, including some regarding time and space.
Because of their very nature, it is perfect for this to be one of the events that are important to The Steward and Kestus.
The Steward is outwardly hopeful, and complimentary of Kestus' involvement in this event as a positive sign that she has truly become, like him, a supporter of humanity. However, after all of their previous encounters, he realizes that she is indeed lying once again and he has to stop her from sabotaging the experiment.
The experiment itself turns out to be secondary. The real danger is the actual presence of The Steward and Kestus in the facility. Their energy and gravitational signatures cause an overload in the experiment, and ... no, I won't spoil the story any further.
The day is folded in a sense, but not in the normal manner used by The Steward. The result does not just affect humanity, but there is a new entity introduced, Enox. His “birth” is a result of the events in this issue. And if the last page is any indication, hopefully readers will be able to learn more about him in the future.
Some things end, some begin anew. Thus is the “circle of life” and writer Phil Hester did a wonderful job blending beginnings and endings in this issue, just as he has throughout the stories of The Steward.
Artist David Marquez also continued his stellar work, particularly in his conceptions of The Steward, Kestus, and our first look at Enox. The writing and art blend together perfectly, helping to make the series and the characters strong and compelling.
This issue also had the last chapter in “The First Fold” by series creator Trevor Roth. As with the main story, this is another fine example of beginnings and endings. While it is the last chapter of this short tale, it chronicles the beginning of the journey of The Steward.
In completing his first fold, he discovers what will define the rest of his existence, the special cycle that only he can complete, that will help him in his efforts to help humanity.
Both “Days Missing: Kestus” and the first series, “Days Missing,” have been wonderful journeys into not just history, but the heart of humanity. Now that Enox has come into being, hopefully there will be another beginning to another “Days Missing” series very soon.
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