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REVIEW: Nuclear Power #6 Ignites the Final Spark of Revolution

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Nuclear Power #6 Review

Nuclear Power #6 brings the revolution to its climax. Nuclear Power #6 is written by Desirée Proctor and Erica Harrell, with art by Lynne Yoshi.

Lucy, Iris, and Reed make their attack on the capital of the American Union. Will they overthrow the corrupt government or die trying?   

Nuclear Power #6 is published by Fanbase Press, and is available from September 22, 2021.

REVIEW: Nuclear Power #6 Ignites the Final Spark of Revolution 1
Nuclear Power #6, courtesy of Fanbase Press

Nuclear Power #6 Story

Being the final issue this is obviously the climax of the series, and I will not deny that I didn’t go into it with concerns. This story has so much going on not only in terms of pure narrative but also thematically and for character arcs, and it’s all a lot to wrap up in a way that doesn’t feel rushed or that it fails to address everything. I’m happy to say that this final issue doesn’t fall apart at the finish line. This isn’t to say it perfectly covers everything, and much is very deliberately left up in the air, but it in no way feels like an unfulfilling end.

Part of the trick, at least the way I see it, is that the narrative is divided up between two points. While there’s action all around, we see both a traditional revolutionary fight (or at least as traditional as you can get with super-powers in the mix) and a moral confrontation with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. While thematically the story works best with the confrontation with the leaders of the American Union it would be lackluster to not have the promise of open conflict to come to a head as well. Thankfully the story balances these two points well, giving enough to make it all feel worthwhile.

Earlier I touched on how some things are left open-ended, while some may dislike that I felt it works well with the story given. These kinds of things, politics and social troubles, are never simply solved or ever truly finished. Everything is a work in progress with a lot of hoping people will make the right decisions, and this issue encapsulates that well.

Nuclear Power #6 Art

I don’t want to discuss the use of colour again since I have gone over that thoroughly in reviews of previous issues, even if this one does contain a lovely usage in showing flashbacks on a page alongside ‘current’ events. So instead I want to highlight the power in the action scenes.

There is so much energy and friction on the page that it isn’t hard to imagine yourself amongst it, to feel the air crackling with all that power and human emotion. The fights feel raw and rough. There’s an almost claustrophobic feel to some of the fights that adds more weight to the conflict upon the page.

Nuclear Power #6 Conclusion

If you haven’t read Nuclear Power already, then this is probably not the best place to start. You might enjoy it, but it throws you right into the endgame with the expectation that you know all before. Thankfully all six issues are available on Comixology so you can very easily read the entire series in one go, or if you prefer physical you could wait for the collected trade coming to stores from October 19.

However, you read it I can only suggest that you do. This is a great comic that touches on so many issues that are incredibly relevant to our modern political and social climate, or any point in time if I’m being fully honest. It’s a fairly powerful read filled with plenty of themes, characters, and action to keep all kinds of readers engaged. I can only reiterate- read Nuclear power.

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