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Meridian #6
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November 2nd, 2013 by Rusty

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Meridian #6 cover

Meridian #6

Date: December 2000
Publisher: CrossGen Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2013 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus house ads, “Delineations” letters page, “Milestones” and a slam on a former employee!
Writer: Barbara Kesel
Artists: Joshua Middleton, Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines, John Dell, Morry Hollowell and Dave Lanphear
Notable Notes: Sephie’s power is manifest on the surface!

The End of the Series… For Me

When this series was coming out hot off the press, back in 2000, I was collecting it. However, after 6 issues I decided it wasn’t for me. I am still feeling the same way, and since I only own the first 6 issues I’m afraid this will be it for me and Meridian. Not that it’s a bad series, but it just isn’t my cup of tea so to speak. If you’ve read beyond issue #6 I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the series.

Synopsis:

In Meridian #5 Sephie fell calmly to the surface, but wasn’t killed on impact. This issue starts out with her getting a tour of Akasia by the Minister. Apparently the city is famous for making dyes from the poisoned ground. As they look at the old, eroded part of the city a monster attacks and threatens the life of a little boy. Sephie jumps in to help and her power miraculously manifests itself to save them, and repair some of the old wood! (I guess she could always get a job as a carpenter! 😉 ) Meanwhile we get glimpses of Jad arriving in Cadador to retrieve Sephie, Ilahn becoming a mentor to a mysterious woman, and the other Meridan airships being smuggled into another city. Anyway, the people of Akasia are so impressed with Sephie that they want to harbor her from the evil Ilahn, but the minister decides to try and get on the good side of both Sephie and Ilahn by some sly equivocating. Very tricky indeed!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 3 stars – Ho-hum, an average story – and just barely too. Pretty slow and not very interesting.
  • Art: 3 stars – The art really went down in this issue. (Of course, we are told why at the end of the book: the penciler had been dismissed for bad-mouthing the company!) I liked it better when Sephie looked like a girl… not a boy.
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – A very slow, run-of-the-mill issue that wasn’t all that fun to read. No wonder I never made it past #6 in this series.

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