All good things must come to an end. So too, good comics. It’s time to see what will become of Veil, our succubus heroine. Now there are two words you don’t see together often.
When last we saw Veil, she had taken her true, demonic form and had met the man who conjured her up from the depths. He showed her that just how much he controls her and sent her out to do his bidding. Dante meanwhile had a visit from a very informative rat, who encouraged him to go find and save Veil. When we join her today she is discovering just what a difficult position she is in. Her master wants more than just a demon assassin at his beck and call. He wants all that succubus has to give. Veil is not feeling this situation at all but has little choice. Into this scenario walks Dante and then things get interesting.
The fact that this final issue of Veil brings home is what a simple story this has been from the beginning. It seemed epic in scope, with all the horror trappings but at heart it’s the story of a girl who wants control of her own life. Even if she doesn’t know what that looks like. Rucka has always had a gift for female characters. It is, in fact, what he’s known for. Veil is another one of his strong heroines, the difference is, she doesn’t know it and she is extremely vulnerable because of her lack of knowledge. I’ve never met a Rucka story I didn’t like and Veil is no different. I do think the ending came a bit quickly and I would have liked to explore Veil’s world a bit more but it told the story it set out to tell and as a reader I was satisfied at the end. That’s all you ever want from a story.
I’m giving Veil #5 four out of five stars and the same for the entire series. This was a stretch for Rucka but I think he pulled off what he set out to do. I am definitely happier for having met Veil and Dante and I will miss them.
Veil #5 (of 5) (MR)
Writer: Rucka, Greg
Artist: Fejzula, Toni
Cover Artist: Fejzula, Toni
On Sale: October 15, 2014
Publisher: Dark Horse
Diamond Id: MAY140035