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Swan Songs #4 (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 3 critic ratings.


A man obsessed with “Sad Libs” gets out of prison, only to find himself totally lost in a world of crime and fill-in vocabulary.

W. MAXWELL PRINCE’s obsession with cessation continues, featuring this issue’s superstar artist: CAITLIN YARSKY (Black Hammer)!

The end is the beginning is the end; these are the SWAN SONGS.

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31 pages
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3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Swan Songs #4 is another fantastic story by writer W. Maxwell Prince, who makes every story more than just a simple horror story. He makes you THINK and he truly disturbs you, and that makes each issue priceless. It has gore, some truly disturbing scenes and explores complex characters and ideas. Recommended.

  • 80


    This limited series about endings examines the nature – or illusion – of free will as its protagonist tries to finish a sentence. While it’s not the strongest entry in the series, it is entertaining and will leave you thinking.

  • 80

    Swan Songs #4 plays upon the ending of a sentence within the familiar framework of an ex-con being released from prison and wondering whether they can make a change. That set up is made specific by their fascination with language and a specific element that fans of writer W. Maxwell Prince will appreciate, as it plays with the issue’s structure without ever overstaying its welcome. Artist Caitlyn Yarsky provides a cartooning style that can summon the violence and hard edges of the crime genre while tapping into the truly ludicrous imagery summoned by Mad Libs (and their related word games). Her style serves to question whether this story can play out in any fashion beyond the familiar clichés, and it makes the last panel land exceedingly well. Swan Songs simply doesn’t miss, even when its scope is significantly narrowed.

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