In my review of the first two issues of Sally of The Wasteland for Kabooooom.com, I praised the series for its originality. I likened it to the Fallout series of video games, because of how well it imagined a civilization growing out of The American South and what aspects of that society might survive as legend. There's also a lot of weird mutants and animals made giant by the radiation.
Alas, the originality that made the first four issues of this series a delight is absent from much of this final issue. This comic will continue to remind readers of Fallout but this time it will be because the villains live in a gigantic underground vault and are known as The Enclave. About the only difference is that their form-fitting speed-suits are yellow instead of blue.
I say this not to accuse writer Victor Gischler of plagiarism (post-apocalyptic science-fiction doesn't branch as much as other sub-genres) but merely to voice my shock that the ending - which I will say is a satisfying one - should be so typical of the genre when the earlier issues of the series defied expectations so strongly. That being said, this final issue is still a laugh riot to read. And the artwork by Tazio Bettin is still as great as ever.
If you haven't picked up Sally Of The Wasteland yet, you should. It's a B-movie in comic book form and good fun for anyone who doesn't take their action too seriously. I give the whole series 4 stars out of 5, with this final issue being 3 out of 5.
Sally Of The Wasteland #5 goes on-sale November 26, 2014.
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