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The final chapter in the critically-acclaimed “broken fantasy” series by Eisner-nominated creator Simon Spurrier (The Spire, Six-Gun Gorilla) and illustrator Matías Bergara (Supergirl, Cannibal). Hum is at rock bottom. His estranged wife has left him for good. He’s stuck in the middle of the harsh desert wastelands. And he’s even been abandoned by his mutant unicorn. But The final chapter in the critically-acclaimed “broken fantasy” series by Eisner-nominated creator Simon Spurrier (The Spire, Six-Gun Gorilla) and illustrator Matías Bergara (Supergirl, Cannibal). Hum is at rock bottom. His estranged wife has left him for good. He’s stuck in the middle of the harsh desert wastelands. And he’s even been abandoned by his mutant unicorn. But just as the world saw another tomorrow after the disastrous Quench...life goes on. Now, the former bard must discover for himself what it means to live -- to truly live -- in a broken fantasy. Written by Eisner Award-nominated author Simon Spurrier (Sandman Universe, The Spire) and beautifully illustrated by artist Matías Bergara (Supergirl, Cannibal), Coda Volume Three concludes the critically-acclaimed series that elevates the best of the dystopian fantasy genre into an engaging, emotional tale.


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The final chapter in the critically-acclaimed “broken fantasy” series by Eisner-nominated creator Simon Spurrier (The Spire, Six-Gun Gorilla) and illustrator Matías Bergara (Supergirl, Cannibal). Hum is at rock bottom. His estranged wife has left him for good. He’s stuck in the middle of the harsh desert wastelands. And he’s even been abandoned by his mutant unicorn. But The final chapter in the critically-acclaimed “broken fantasy” series by Eisner-nominated creator Simon Spurrier (The Spire, Six-Gun Gorilla) and illustrator Matías Bergara (Supergirl, Cannibal). Hum is at rock bottom. His estranged wife has left him for good. He’s stuck in the middle of the harsh desert wastelands. And he’s even been abandoned by his mutant unicorn. But just as the world saw another tomorrow after the disastrous Quench...life goes on. Now, the former bard must discover for himself what it means to live -- to truly live -- in a broken fantasy. Written by Eisner Award-nominated author Simon Spurrier (Sandman Universe, The Spire) and beautifully illustrated by artist Matías Bergara (Supergirl, Cannibal), Coda Volume Three concludes the critically-acclaimed series that elevates the best of the dystopian fantasy genre into an engaging, emotional tale.

30 review for Coda, Vol. 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [This review covers the entirety of Coda #1-12] Coda is the latest creation from the insane mind of Simon Spurrier. In a world where magic is scarce and the only way to survive is to be extremely selfish, Hum the bard tries his best to save his wife...from herself. But like any story, it's not that straight forward. Because of course it's not. I'm sure if you ran Si Spurrier through a wrangle, he'd bleed sarcasm. His wit is even more evident in this story than in almost any of his other work, and [This review covers the entirety of Coda #1-12] Coda is the latest creation from the insane mind of Simon Spurrier. In a world where magic is scarce and the only way to survive is to be extremely selfish, Hum the bard tries his best to save his wife...from herself. But like any story, it's not that straight forward. Because of course it's not. I'm sure if you ran Si Spurrier through a wrangle, he'd bleed sarcasm. His wit is even more evident in this story than in almost any of his other work, and that's saying something, but it's all the more enjoyable as a result. Spurrier manages to build an entire fantasy world through the eyes of Hum without even trying, as the poor guy tries to do what he thinks is best while missing the biggest picture of them all right until it's too late. It's both an intensely personal story and a sweeping fantasy epic and the fact that it manages to be both in equal measure is pretty impressive, especially without losing the heart of the story, which is Hum and his wife Serka, who remains a presence in the story even when she's not actually around. The art in all twelve issues is by Mattias Bergara, whose paintbrush works overtime as he swathes colours like they're going out of style. The proceedings are as varied as the palette, going from gross-out to beautiful and back again, sometimes all on the same page. It can get a little fast and loose at times, but there's never a sense that Bergara's lost control, just that he's having so much fun that it's translating to the page in a unique manner. Coda's a clever little book. It's many things, all at once, and it does them all wonderfully well. Across these twelve issues, Hum's world changes more than once, and while a coda is meant to be an ending, it'll definitely be on your mind long after the series is over.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #9 | #10 | #11 | #12 Total review score: 4.06

  3. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    Wow, just wow. This series seems to have wrapped up completely in just 3 trade volumes, and did so *fabulously*. Surprising double-crosses (multiple) are revealed, and three ridiculously clever hacks by the protagonist, then actually even managed some commentary on society and relationships without ham-fisting either. Really hoping this team does another project together in the future!

  4. 4 out of 5

    SuperSillySerra

    It all comes together. After vol 2 and where we had last left our hero Hum, I didnt really know what the series was gonna do. Thankfully vol 3 ties everything together perfectly. Lots of twist and turns but nothing too obvious. Even when it does get a bit cliche, they throw something else wild at you. I really enjoyed the series and cant believe what a fun ride it was. Hope they do a sweet omnibus for it soon!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jarrah

    Coda comes to a satisfying conclusion in this third volume of the fantasy/dystopian comic series by Simon Spurrier. The main reason to keep showing up for this comic was the art by Matías Bergara - vivid, creative, detailed, bold, weird and beautiful. While I thought the writing in Volume 2 was a bit predictable and repetitive, Volume 3 recaptured the sense of magic and surprise for me and my only complaint was that it felt a bit too fast-moving for major social changes. In addition, I would Coda comes to a satisfying conclusion in this third volume of the fantasy/dystopian comic series by Simon Spurrier. The main reason to keep showing up for this comic was the art by Matías Bergara - vivid, creative, detailed, bold, weird and beautiful. While I thought the writing in Volume 2 was a bit predictable and repetitive, Volume 3 recaptured the sense of magic and surprise for me and my only complaint was that it felt a bit too fast-moving for major social changes. In addition, I would love to see a re-release of the trades or else a collection of all three with more bonus content. This first run of trades collected four issues each and the bonus content only included cover art along with one or two pages from Bergara's sketchbook, without any accompanying notes or interviews.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    The writing is good for a graphic novel (3.5/5) and the art is just incredible (5/5!). I deeply appreciate that this is a comic series with a plot that actually resolves. Cynical takes on fantasy tropes has been done before, so it feels a bit behind the times, but despite that it's done interestingly here. All of the characters except for two or three end up feeling disposable, though, and the back-and-forth action ends up feeling meaningless (especially the abundant, numbing amount of The writing is good for a graphic novel (3.5/5) and the art is just incredible (5/5!). I deeply appreciate that this is a comic series with a plot that actually resolves. Cynical takes on fantasy tropes has been done before, so it feels a bit behind the times, but despite that it's done interestingly here. All of the characters except for two or three end up feeling disposable, though, and the back-and-forth action ends up feeling meaningless (especially the abundant, numbing amount of violence), but I feel that way about most graphic novels so I might not be the right audience. The art is really what sells this. Incredibly detailed, evocative, and imaginative. I haven't read a graphic novel where I've stopped and pored over each page like this in a long time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    A great concluding volume to this charming fantasy (with an post-apocalyptic twist) story. Readers are dropped right back into Hum’s story after the downer of a conclusion of volume 2. Reeling from these events, Hum heads back to where much of the story began to herald in the ending. The last few issues are chock-full of action and some really crazy visuals. Speaking of visuals, the art in this series is some of my favourite that I’ve come across in comics for awhile. It looks like a combination A great concluding volume to this charming fantasy (with an post-apocalyptic twist) story. Readers are dropped right back into Hum’s story after the downer of a conclusion of volume 2. Reeling from these events, Hum heads back to where much of the story began to herald in the ending. The last few issues are chock-full of action and some really crazy visuals. Speaking of visuals, the art in this series is some of my favourite that I’ve come across in comics for awhile. It looks like a combination of Mad Max and Dungeons & Dungeons with a psychedelic colour palette. I wish I had read the volumes in this series more closely together as I had forgotten some crucial details about the world which impeded by enjoyment a smidge (though that’s completely on me). I think this story would greatly benefit from having an omnibus edition collecting all three volumes. Overall, a super fun series. Highly recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hugo

    I suppose the best that can be said is that the storylines come together and it's over. The diary entries of volume one and the narrative captions of volume two come together here in an overused mish-mash that only ever serves to over-expand the story and slow it down. Bergera's art remains an absolutely incredible standard. It's the reason I bought the series, and remains the only reason I read to the end. (Read as single issues.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    One of my favourite series to date! The art, the story, the twists, all captivating as hell. Short (for a graphic novel series — three volumes) and sweet. Definitely taking up permanent residence on my favourites shelf.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Danushka

    Strange, lots to look at, interesting characters, and really all came together into a surprisingly enjoyable final book. Great trilogy with a nice arc.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    A wild, imaginative, and funny conclusion to an excellent series. Spurrier writes some of the best short series and seems to always end up with the perfect artist to realize the vision.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dubzor

    I have no idea why I haven't head more people talk about this series. It is consistently good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Macha

    this is the last of the trilogy. fantastic artwork. high fantasy with great good humour in a post-apocalyptic landscape. i kind of loved the whole thing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Williams

    satisfying finish to another fine tale from Simon Spurrier.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ellie (ermreading)

    Actually a 4.5 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andres Pasten

    Coda es increíble, lo mejor que he leído este año. Dibujazos de Bergara. Spurrier mantuvo el gran nivel de comienzo a fin. Altamente recomendada!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Loki

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Glaseman

  20. 4 out of 5

    Darth

  21. 4 out of 5

    Oborozukyo

  22. 5 out of 5

    Didier Bordeaux

  23. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Chalmers

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zach Bird

  26. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Mccoy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ron

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Hoffman

  29. 5 out of 5

    Perusing Panels

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andreas Mars

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