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Love Everlasting #9

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 4 critic ratings.


Joan is done running and must now confront who she is, what she is, what her world is. And in this penultimate issue of the second arc, Joan comes face to face with a death that changes her forever. What does the end of everything mean to the woman whose life and loves are seemingly eternal?

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28 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Love Everlasting #9 is a standout issue that grapples with complex experiences like a sudden illness, the deterioration of a loved one, and the intertwined nature of joy and tragedy. King provides a foundation of complexity in the plot and narration, as the downside to Joan’s immortality is emphasized. The book moves from the wistful longing of passion to the colder reality of long-term love.

    Charretier captures this through her use of anatomy and harsher linework, showing the cracks of people through her timeless style. Hollingsworth builds on this by first twisting the palette of previous issues to dig into the pain and regrets of love, before using a lack of color to illustrate the detachment that comes with death. Love Everlasting #9 is a gut punch of a story, and hammers the fact that love does not last forever, and plenty of pain comes with it.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Given how sad the issue is, it’s remarkable how truly captivating it is. Aside from the predictable ending, there’s only one major plot development. Somehow, King and company manage to keep Joan’s emotional journey so totally pure and uncluttered that it grabs hold of the reader and doesn’t let go until the end. And of course there’s more. Joan advances into older age, which should take the series up through the mid-to-late 1960s and beyond. It’s been an interesting journey thus far, but it’ll be interesting to see where King and company take it as the series continues its descent with Joan.

  • 94

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: King crafts an entertaining and bittersweet story in this issue. Joan’s journey continues to be one that is filled with interesting moments and this issue brings a lot of intriguing elements together as the story moves to a place that Joan has been keeping herself from admitting to. The plot has some great dialogue and narration that immerses the reader into the world Joan lives in and the mystery of why it is continues to be 1963 is one that keeps me engaged.

    The Art: Charretier delivers some beautiful art in the issue. I love the visual style of this series and Charretier creates a brilliantly immersive visual world that is enjoyable.

  • 60

    Life continues to progress for Joan as Love Everlasting arrives at its darkest chapter yet. As she progresses past middle age, Don grows ill and issue #9 focuses on the end of their marriage. Yet the series’ overall lack of characterization leaves Don as a largely blank slate for readers and perhaps even Joan, so there’s little tragedy to be found in his demise. Rather, tension revolves around how this impacts Joan’s surreal ordeal and that question is left to continue lingering after several issues depicting their marriage. The most effective moments arrive when Joan is compelled to contend with her own emotions, or lack thereof, especially with dark, scattered panels designed by Charretier that encompass her strange emotional landscape. Yet without any clear sense of what reality is or how to consider Joan’s increasingly strange current trajectory, the mystery remains the focus of Love Everlasting and it provides few satisfying additions here.

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About the Author: Tom King

Tom King has emerged as a beacon of narrative brilliance in the comic book world, weaving tales that resonate deeply with both long-time enthusiasts and newcomers alike. With a unique blend of emotional depth and complex storytelling, King’s work has redefined what it means to engage with the medium of comics. From his groundbreaking run on Batman to the introspective Mister Miracle, King’s portfolio is a testament to his ability to explore the human condition through the lens of the superhero genre.

Before becoming a household name in comics, Tom King embarked on a path far removed from the world of capes and villains. As a former CIA officer, King’s experiences have infused his storytelling with a palpable sense of realism and gravity, setting his work apart in a crowded field. His transition from espionage to comics might seem unexpected, but it’s this very background that enriches his narrative voice, allowing him to craft stories of heroism and sacrifice with authenticity.

King’s ascent in the comic book industry began with The Vision, a series that turned the Marvel android into a tragic figure struggling with the concept of family and humanity. This work, characterized by its melancholic exploration of identity, laid the foundation for King’s reputation as a storyteller capable of blending superhero action with deep, literary themes. His ability to humanize iconic characters, making their struggles and triumphs resonate on a personal level, has earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase.

However, it is perhaps his work on DC Comics’ Batman that has most profoundly impacted the comic book landscape. King’s Batman is a figure shaped by vulnerability and introspection, a departure from the invincible hero trope. Through arcs like “City of Bane” and the poignant Batman Annual #2, King explores themes of love, loss, and redemption, offering a fresh perspective on the Dark Knight’s mythos.

In addition to his superhero narratives, Tom King has ventured into the realm of creator-owned projects, such as Strange Adventures and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. These works further showcase his versatility, delving into science fiction and cosmic drama while maintaining his signature emotional depth and complex character studies.

Beyond the pages of his comics, King’s presence in the industry as a thought leader and advocate for the medium is undeniable. His candid discussions about the challenges of mental health, the creative process, and the importance of storytelling in contemporary culture have made him a respected figure among peers and fans.

Tom King‘s contributions to the comic book world have not gone unnoticed, earning him multiple Eisner Awards and solidifying his status as one of the most influential writers of his generation. As he continues to push the boundaries of comic book storytelling, King’s legacy is that of a visionary who reminds us that at the heart of every superhero story lies a deeply human tale waiting to be told.

For those who seek to explore the depths of narrative artistry within the comic book genre, Tom King‘s body of work offers a rich, introspective journey into the soul of modern heroism, proving that within the fantastical, the most profound truths of our existence can be found.

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