Review/Commentary: I know it has taken way too long to get this synopsis/review posted, but after reading this issue I found myself completely deflated. This series has been so good up to this point, but the last issue of Season 4 unfortunately took a turn for the worse. While the writing from the previous ten issues (Season 3 1-6 plus Season 4 1-4) has been strong--if maybe a little rushed--and remained very close to the best episodes of the series, the comic really derailed with this latest issue. It resorted far to often to copy and paste dialog ("Think about what she would have wanted for you", "I didn't know we were expecting company"), and the death of Major Beck was pointless and forced. It's bad enough that they reprised the age-old shot of someone jumping from the side to take the bullets intended for another. But they made it worse by killing off an essential character for supposed "dramatic effect" even though it just falls flat. It reminds me of what NBC's Revolution does on a regular basis as they kill off major characters to allegedly create drama when they really just don't know where to go with the story. If Netflix does eventually produce new episodes of Jericho, I'm hoping they will go a different direction with the Major Beck character. On top of all that, the issue just crammed too much in. That has been common complaint with this series because they don't have a lot of space to unfold the story, but it really felt forced this time around.
Still, one clunker out of eleven issues of what has otherwise been an excellent series is not a reason to give up on it. A fifth season is promised at the end of the issue (any chance they can get it on a regular bi-monthly basis?), and I will stick with it in hopes that they turn things around (and maybe reveal that Beck isn't really dead). It would also be nice if they could get a stable artist on the series. The writing team has remained mostly constant, but they keep changing up the artists. For this issue, Andrew Currie returns to the penciling chores and does a decent enough job. There's plenty more story to tell in the Jericho world, and hopefully they will keep it going and return to the quality of the previous issues. Stay tuned . . .