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Swan Songs #3 (of 6)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.


MAXWELL PRINCE’s traversal into the totally terminal trudges forward with all-star artist FILIPE ANDRADE (The Many Deaths of Laila Starr)!The atomic clock hit zero, and the world was forever changed… Here, our demolished planet’s would-be Adam and Eve try to create a new Eden in the nuclear aftermath… but some things simply weren’t meant to be.Drawn in exquisite colored pencils, this is another of our lives’ loud, lonesome SWAN SONGS.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90


    The series about endings deals uses this issue to deal with what happens after the end. It’s a post-apocalyptic story that will have you asking lots of questions about human nature and whether we are all just part of a story that was written for us.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Swan Songs #3 is another wonderful issue of the series, with a great twist ending and many touching moments. Each issue of this series is a well-crafted complete story with a beginning and ending, and it’s a great alternative to most series that have stories that seem to run forever with no solid ending. Recommended.

  • 90

    Swan Songs #3 reads like a fairy tale as Filipe Andrade’s artwork depicts human forms built from color emerging into a new landscape in the contemplatively named “The End of… The End of the World.” Pushing past the apocalypse featured in so many stories, including Swan Songs #1, the issue ponders on what comes next in a new beginning and separates itself into three chapters of a new book of Genesis. It plays upon that biblical inspiration and familiar apocalyptic tropes in a contemplation of death, birth, and the stories that define this seemingly never ending cycle. Andrade delivers superb work with color palettes that develop the story as much as any character or dialogue. As new life and possibilities emerge, so do new colors and they bring with them a sense of wonder. A return to cold blues introduces new figures and perspectives. Throughout it all Andrade provides each figure with a clear sense of life without being too specific, providing space for readers to see themselves within the entirety of the story. Swan Songs #3 provides another wonderful fable grappling with modernity and some of humanity’s oldest myths at once.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    It’s the end of the world. Again. And it’s fun to explore just a little bit more. However, it doesn’t seem to add a whole lot to questions posed by the end of humanity. There is no whole lot of insight into what’s being developed in this story. It’s just a really fun end-of-the-world story. And maybe it doesn’t need to be any more than that. But one can’t help but get the feeling that maybe there is something deeper that could have been developed out of the story if Prince could have found something a bit more inventive.

  • 71

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An interesting and entertaining story that unfortunately suffers from a predictability that takes away from its potential suspense. Centering the story on Adeline and Evan worked well and I enjoyed those moments immensely. Unfortunately, as soon as the scientists were introduced, I knew exactly where the story was going and could only wait for the inevitable. If there was some unexpected twist within the narrative, I could be more engaged with the story, but there isn’t and everything unfolds exactly the way you expect them to.

    The Art: Andrade delivers great art in the issue. There is an otherworldly tone to the style and it works brilliantly for a post-apocalyptic story.

  • 70


    The first two issues of Swan Songs were masterfully crafted, presenting a rich and profound narrative. The third issue falls short of these standards, it is quite unfortunate. But, I remain optimistic about the series as a whole. Ultimately, reader enjoyment may vary, and while I personally found this installment less engaging, Prince’s talent as a writer still shines through. There is a story here, albeit one that may not captivate all readers.

  • 65


    There’s still heaps to enjoy about the narrative arc — what we get is nonetheless heartfelt and engaging even as it feels a tad impermanent. It’s like watching a sunset (in the middle of a dystopia, of course), and the value isn’t that it lasts but that it should move you regardless. Plus, there’s always the ending in issue #4 to look forward to.

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