BLUE ESTATE #6 OF 12 (Image) “Point Of No Return” Story by Viktor Kalvachev & Andrew Osborne. Art by Viktor Kalvachev, Toby Cypress, and Nathan Fox. Cover by Viktor Kalvachev.
All of the loose ends begin to come together in this issue, as we learn more of the connections between the large group of characters in BLUE ESTATE and how everything in this book in related to everything else (like the social game “Seven Degrees Of Kevin Bacon” played out in an infinite loop). I could see this storyline continuing for several years. It’s comforting to learn that there are 12 issues planned (at least for the first volume) so there will actually be some kind of ending or resolution.
It looks like the page one re-cap and character family tree (showing the connections between them) is going to be a regular feature - - and I certainly welcome that. You definitely need help keeping all the balls juggling in the air at the same time – and this helps. As I read through BLUE ESTATE (one trade paperback and two monthly issues) I keep looking for a character that I can at least empathize with -- it gives me something to care about as I watch what happens to them. So far, as soon as I start to feel even just a little bit of affinity with a character, they do something to betray the trust in the following issue. I was rooting for Rachel Maddox for two issues , and now she appears to be just as devious, scheming and selfish as every other character in BLUE ESTATE. Maybe I’m going to cheer on her brother, BILLY DUCHARME, instead. He certainly seems to be in a bad situation, and perhaps just a victim of circumstance. One thing that almost every character in this wants is some other character’s money or status. And every other character has ties to either the Italian mob or the Russian mob. Also, more than one character is engaged in what they are doing because they want to earn respect from their fathers.
So, what could I tell you about BLUE ESTATE #6 without spoiling the story for you? Well, this issue is concerned with faulty real estate deals, hostage and ransom – now to a revolving cast of money holders, a private eye’s surveillance on a supposedly cheating wife that isn’t everything that it appears to be, a supposedly caring AA sponsor who’s really after several other things, to name just a few. That’s only a sample/teaser. You’ll want to try the main course for yourself.
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