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Review – Bone Parish #12 (BOOM! Studios)

Bone Parish #12 ( BOOM! Studios) cover art (detail) by Jonas Scharf
Bone Parish #12
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  • Writing - 9/10
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  • Art - 9/10
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Summary

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Colorist: Alex Guimaraes
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Mature
Release Date: August 28th, 2019

Bone Parish #12 is the final issue of the series, giving us the climatic ending we’ve all been waiting for.

 

Life, Death, and Goodbyes in Bone Parish #12

Bone Parish #12 is the final issue in the series, and while it will be sad to see this chilling series come to an end, there is a certain level of satisfaction in seeing how it’ll all get wrapped up. The final issue of the series is titled “Chasing the Living”—a poignant title, given everything that is happening.

Our crime family has been facing insurmountable odds, thanks to their new career path. But that just means they’ve had more complications and decisions to face. Now we finally get to see the outcome of all of those choices.

Writing

Bone Parish #12 ( BOOM! Studios) cover art by Jonas Scharf
Bone Parish #12 ( BOOM! Studios) cover art by Jonas Scharf

Bone Parish #12 gives us what is quite possibly the best writing of the series, using different storytelling techniques and graphic imagery to wrap up all of the loose ends. The writing for this one almost reads like a song, with a lilting intonation and some intentional repetition. It adds a certain amount of weight to what is already a tense setting. But it works so beautifully.

Cullen Bunn really outdid himself for this issue. It’s never easy to wrap up a series. And it’s even harder to do so while giving fans a strong sense of satisfaction about the conclusion. Bunn did both—while still giving fans something to hold onto.

There were several different subplots introduced over the course of this series. And in this final issue, we got to see them all get woven back into the main plot, all in time to see how they would conclude. Any questions left at the end of this issue were clearly done so with intent.

Bone Parish has easily been one of the darker series out there. But it’s always had this elegance to their tale. A sort of poise in the way it handles life and death. And we’re glad to report that the final issue holds up to our expectations.

Art

As with all of the past issues of this series, Bone Parish #12 boasted some absolutely striking artwork. This series has always balanced on a fine line between beautiful and grotesque—giving us beautiful artwork and graphic images.

First, let’s talk about that cover. This is quite possibly the most stunning cover of the series—which is saying something. And it perfectly captures the balance of life and death that is such a heavy focus in this issue. It’s perfect.

Jonas Scharf (artist) and Alex Guimaraes (colorist) did both the cover and the internal pages, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. These two have been an ideal team the whole way through. And it seems like they, too, wanted to make sure that Bone Parish #12 got the proper send-off.

Conclusion

Bone Parish #12 was an ideal conclusion to a dark and disturbing tale. Wrapping in the cycle of life and death was a good choice. It added a cyclical concept to the plot, both supporting the arc and hinting towards something else along the way.

It’s a shame that this series is over. Although, if I’m being honest, I am happy that it was able to fully tell the tale it wanted to here. And of course, the ending itself was everything the series had been leading up to, so it’s difficult to complain about the wrap-up of this series.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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