The journey of the three animal astronauts comes to an end in this final issue, bringing us a beautiful, bittersweet conclusion to the tragic tale of Laika, Able and Mrs Baker.
Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino bring the series to an end in a truly emotional way; though it ends on a happier note than I was expecting – thankfully – there’s still some serious heartbreak and sadness along the way. It’s a beautiful end to what has been an absolutely remarkable journey though, with final scenes that show we’re not just witnessing an alternate history, but an alternate future too.
Lenore’s deft, minimal scripting has been a joy throughout, letting Sorrentino’s kaleidoscopic, trippy visuals and more mundane realism in his incredible art speak for itself. Though it’s quite a melancholy journey, Primordial is also a riveting and searing indictment of animal experimentation and exploitation that never feels preachy. It’s undoubtedly one of the best comics in recent memory, which doesn’t seem to have reached the audience or even the critical acclaim that it most definitely deserves.
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