The final battle is upon us and the Tall Poppies have nothing but bad options before them. Your Major Spoilers review of Goddess Mode #6 awaits!
Writer: Zoë Quinn
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Colorist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Editor: Andy Khouri
Publisher: Vertigo/DC Comics
Cover Price: $3,.99
Release Date: June 19, 2019
Previously in Goddess Mode: With the astonishing secret of Azoth revealed at last and the fate of the digital and analog worlds at stake, the Tall Poppies come into conflict over which is the best of very bad options, all of them fatal. As Cassandra agonizes over whom to side with, the girls’ true enemy makes their move.
“SORRY I’M LATE TO THE APOCALYPSE…”
As we open, Cassandra Price returns from Hell with souvenirs and a little bit of hope for her friends in the form of Psyche, who may or may not be the monster they’re fighting. Of course, not everyone is sure about resurrection, as Hollywood immediately attacks her, forcing the rest of the squad to get involved. As they realize what’s truly happening, all of the Poppies end up being confronted with their own worst fears and memories, but they manage to rally with a little help from their friends (both real and digital, but mostly the latter) with Cassandra literally leaping into the creature’s maw, where she meets… her comatose father? with a little pep talk from Dad, she realizes that she may not have to KILL the creature at all, she may actually have the means to HEAL it.
THIS IS ONE WORDY BOOK
With this many players in the mix, naturally there’s a lot of dialogue to be found here, but I’m struck by just how many words there are on any given page. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does make for a denser reading experience than I expected, especially for the big denouement of the first arc. Cassandra’s triumphant announcement that she’s not garbage, she’s trash is a remarkably strong one and the final moments with her dad are quite touching. I even appreciate the ending with it’s possible sequel hooks, but the real star here is the art of Robbi Rodriguez. paired with a bright, 80s-style pastel color palette. It brings to life the story and manages to show us both magic and technology in beautiful style, especially when it comes to the big sorta-kinda fight sequences that make up the middle of this issue.
BOTTOM LINE: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GARBAGE AND TRASH
It’s always nice to read a book with multiple female characters, even when they’re trying to kill each other, and the attempts to build a modern mythology combining magic and WiFi is a compelling one. Goddess Mode #6 is a really beautiful issue that has some interesting and important things to say, with an ending that will work as closure if it doesn’t continue, earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. I actually hope that more of this series is in the offing, even if there’s no more Vertigo imprint.
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GODDESS MODE #6
It's a nice ending to the story (and possibly the series, though I'm not sure if the Vertigo shuttering means that the books are ending) and the art is pretty as hell. Not a bad book at all.