I can’t believe I’m saying this already, but the end of The Massive is a real thing. Not that its being cancelled, but its a 30-issue series and in terms of the writing, I’m nearly ready to start the final arc.
This is what we’re looking at:
#19-21 - the “BLOC” arc, drawn by Garry. This revisits the Arkady/Callum thing from #4, brings Mag into the mix, and is all about their past as soldiers, a crumbling Europe, secrets and lies and accusations and resolutions.
#22-24 - the “SAHARA” arc, drawn by Danijel Zezelj, is an aside, detailing what Mary’s been up to this last half year. Its a fantastic high-concept arc, it gives us a look into the mercurial mind of Mary, one really important reveal, but its also a pause before we sprint into:
#25-30 - the end arc! Title TBA. Drawn by Garry.
Back to BLOC. All series long I’ve been hinting at shit, related to Mary, the missing Massive, the transponder from #3, and so on and so on. The mystery of the Crash itself. The last few pages of #21 drop multiple bombs on that front. Don’t think I’ve been forgetting about things or abandoning ideas… it all circles back in that issue. And like I’ve been saying all along, there’s a very good reason why this series is labelled sci-fi.
When I pitched this book back in, I dunno, 2008? to Vertigo, the pitch was the ending… the whole series is the ending, and its the one element to this series that hasn’t changed in all this time. It’s the bright red target I’ve been steering the story at all this time… from early development at Vertigo, through different artists, to Dark Horse, and so on. This ending is probably the best kept secret of my career.
Anyway, catch a glimpse in #21.