For months some of steered clear of the Stephen Baldwin mini-series The Remnant for fear it would be full of proselytizing in attempt to push a particular religious point of view.Â Â Iâ€™m pretty leery when it comes to these kinds of stories, but those that hint at the end of days can be an interesting read if the reader approaches the story from the essential good versus evil theme, and not one that pushes dogma.Â For three issues, David Sacker has been caught up in a mystery of those that want to do him harm, and those that are trying to save him.Â Who are the good guys, and who are the bad?
While David is able to save his lovely wife from being killed by snipers, agents from the department of homeland security, and the spooky man dressed in black, he ultimately isnâ€™t able to save her from the rapture.Â Or what I perceive as being the rapture, as the sudden disappearance of hundreds of thousands (maybe even millions) of people can only be something of a supernatural/spiritual nature.Â Itâ€™s kind of hard to decide if this is the case or not as the issue ends on that note – people are gone, including Davidâ€™s wife, with no explanation as to what is going on.Â Unfortunately, thereâ€™s not going to be any other explanation as this is the final issue in the series.
And because the issue ends the way it does, Remnant ends up leaving readers asking more questions that are answered? Why did Sarah need a pregnancy test? Is the man in black really the devil?Â And whatâ€™s up the resurrecting man?Â If Baldwin is hoping people look more into this event, then he succeeded, as I had to turn to the Wiki to make sure I had my facts straight.Â Even then, I am still scratching my head over the message that is ultimately being sent out.Â And if Iâ€™m having difficulty following the end-game, the others are probably going to have the same problem.
One canâ€™t claim they want the religion out of the story, while retaining the supernatural elements, because thatâ€™s a statement that contradicts itself, but had The Remnant kept a specific doctrine out of the tale, while still keeping the whole â€œfollowers of evil taking on the followers of goodâ€ idea, I think the story might have played out better.Â When viewed that way, the final act of this thriller plays out really well, with plenty of suspense as to the role everyone is playing in the play.Â This final issue has plenty of fighting, gun play, espionage, and the spooky man in black that still give me the creeps.
Before the final calling occurs, the story actually has a semi-positive ending as the loved ones are finally safe, and able to get on with their lives.Â Itâ€™s a story troupe that has worked for for Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and many others, and would have lead to a much more satisfying story here.Â Unfortunately, the sudden in your face revelation comes out of left field with no indication weâ€™ll see how David deals with the situation or if he and Buck Williams will be able to do something with the rest of their lives.
Helping this issue along is the art by Julian Totino Tedesco, which brings the story to life.Â There are times when faces look a little odd, like when one of the characterâ€™s eyes suddenly go all black for one panel.Â I donâ€™t think it means the person is evil, but it is a bit jarring. Otherwise, Tedesoâ€™s art works for me and I wouldnâ€™t mind seeing what he works on next.
In the end The Remnant is an interesting story with plenty of bang and flash readers expects from a spy thriller tale.Â However, throw in Biblical implications and tenets, and it is a story that is going to polarize audiences.Â I donâ€™t think this final issue is going to convert anyone one way or another, but with so many questions left unanswered, I can only give The Remnant #4Â 2.5 out of 5 Stars.Â If you followed the series for the first three issues, then you owe it to yourself to pick up this final chapter to complete the tale and see how it sits with you.