Tonight is the night for planned culminations! As the Champions of Day finally manage to break through the door of Racta Magna, the sinister Astrok prepares to set her coup against Aroxion into motion. Many have bartered on the outcome of this battle, but could they have predicted the emergence of the demonic Voidbringer?
Quoting Toa Gaim
Awesome update! I still can't believe that little numbskull of a doc save them by dumb luck and now the main gets a new transformation. Whelp lets hope that they have their A game on.
Thanks Gaim! Well given how determined Forgen is, its only fitting that he'd have a bit of good, if not dumb, luck in the end! -and yes, the Contenders will certainly need their A game to stand a chance against the Voidbringer! But will even that be enough to save their world...?
Aw man, sorry you didn't like this one! But I do see what you mean about the geography- I fear that I might have tried to put a little too much into this one- I think what happened is that I dedicated too many panels to making the Aroxion fight work that I didn't leave enough room for everything else- with both the Gostok scene and the Helda scene I had to limit myself in the amount of panels I could use for each; I think I was already up to, like, 70 pics by the time I had to do those scenes, so I had to cut a lot of stuff down to stop the issue from running over too long- hence why you don't see the characters travelling from place to place or why there wasn't enough time dedicated to the Gostok fight or Helda's death. I think I should have perhaps shortened one of the longer scenes, perhaps the Aroxion fight or the build up to it, in order to give the rest of it a little more breathing room and improve the pacing. Thanks for the feedback man, sorry this one wasn't to your liking, but I hope you'll better enjoy the final few issues of Book 3 when they're released! :D
Eh. I like some of the things set up in this issue, and there are aspects of it I really enjoy, but there's a few too many plot conveniences that get in the way in my opinion.
The entire geography of the issue is weird as well. It's hard to tell where all of the characters are. Maybe I'm just missing something, but the Champions of Day and the Contenders all seemingly confront Astrok, Catcher and Sobhec, when suddenly those 3 end up where the matoran are being held. Following that, Helda and Catcher are killed and Sobhec goes to confront Astrok, to which the next scene we see if Astrok aimlessly wondering around and just happens upon Aroxion and the Contenders. It just seems like everything feels slightly out of place.
Another scene which is a little disappointing is the scene with The Beastly Gostok. The fight in the end is very easily won and is wrapped up quite quickly. I do realise though that the main significance of that scene is to have that sombre scene of silence between the two Gostoks. I enjoyed that quite a bit, but I feel the Beast could have put up a little bit more of a fight.
Despite the weird appearance of Astrok out of nowhere, the scene between the Contenders and Aroxion was done very well. It's cool to see them all so confident in finally being able to destroy this person, only to further increase his power. The Voidbringers plan will be interesting to see in the next 2/3 issues.
Overall, the issue is quite clunky. There seems to be a lot of quick tying of loose threads and ending of arcs coming one after another frantically. It leaves the issue feeling way too fast paced and it kind of winds the readers. I do appreciate some of the scenes, and I am still quite intrigued to see what the final 3 issues will entail, but this issue ended up being quite disappointing.