Cave has finally figured out how he got into deep space, but can he get his team home? Your Major Spoilers review of Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #6 awaits!
Writer: Jon Rivera
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Colorist: Nick Filardi
Letterer: Clem Robins
Editor: Molly Mahan
Publisher: Young Animal/DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 15, 2018
Previously in Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye: At last, Cave has figured out the reason behind this crazy cosmic adventure, but what’s his podcast have to do with it? And will he and his team ever find their way home?
BULLDOZER IS BACK
The revelation that his old friend Bulldozer is still alive was followed by the more shocking realization that Bully has actually come to capture Cave Carson and his daughter Chloe, taking them to the realm of King Elium. Fortunately, things are a little less desperate than they seem, as the Prince of the realm is a huge fan of Cave’s podcast, to the point where he wants Cave’s help in saving their world. With the help of Star and Chloe, Cave manages to battle his way into a meteor swarm, only to fall victim to the creatures that live there. There’s some tense moments, a heel/face turn and a terrible moment where it seems that Cave is lost, but in the final seconds, Chloe leaps from the makeshift stage where she and Star have been singing (it’s all part of the rescue attempt, trust me) reaching for her father’s hands, and at the very last second…
…missing and watching him fall to his death in the void.
CAVE CARSON IS DEAD. LONG LIVE CAVE CARSON!
Cave’s Young Animal adventures have spent a lot of time focusing on Cave’s failings as a hero, a dad and a man, but this issue carefully wraps up a lot of loose ends. Cave gets closure with Marc, Chloe and Bulldozer down a couple of drinks as she comes to terms with her father (and also threatens Bully openly about his terrible behavior), and Cave himself finally accepts all that has happened. There’s a much happier ending in these pages than it might seem from my first paragraph, and a big scene at the end that gives nearly everyone in the series since issue one of ‘Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye’ their final bow. Oeming’s art is remarkable in these pages, giving drama to moments violent and emotional, and the moment where Cave seems like he’s going to be overwhelmed, only for Bulldozer to arrive is quite remarkable. This issue takes us from outer space to the underground world of Muldroog, all given life by Oeming’s pencils, and Chloe’s face as she watches her dad die is heartbreaking.
BOTTOM LINE: A NICE ENDING
In short, this issue provides that rarest of creatures in comics, an honest ending. Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #6 is a little bit spacey, a little bit hard to conceptualize, but it’s emotionally satisfying and visually exciting (sometimes even pleasant), earning a well-deserved 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. If we never see Cave Carson again, this issue can serve as a comforting reminder that sometimes you get to the end of something, and all the characters might get to enjoy a little calm.