21 Down Volume 9
Author: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Publisher: Warner Bros
This volume nudges the story again. It used to be all about Preston and his power of reading dead flesh, but even as his power changes we learn more and more than he's not the only one.
Preston's instincts and visions have led him and Mickey to the circus where they meet Hank Champion - a legendary war hero from the Vietnam era. Presotn;s visions have led him to believe that Hank is the kidnapper of the missing girl they heard about in the diner in an earlier volume. He's not. It's much stranger than that.
Meanwhile (you knew there was going to be a meanwhile, right?), a couple of hikers out in the forest find a bunch of trees bunched-up together. It seems unnatural. It is unnatural. The girl wisely wants to leave well alone, but the guy wants to carve their initials into it. The tree has other ideas. Funnily enough, it's the same tree which was formed when Harmony turned twenty-one....
So now teaming up with the guy with the number nineteen on his shirt, Mickey and Peston follow him into an underground layer where there's more than one surprise waiting on them.
Yes, this one definitely kept the pace going and kept challenging our expectations, so both the script and the art work were fine. I am still enjoying this series and this marks three quarters of the way through it.