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– by Tim Jousma

From the beginning of Postal, we have seen Mark’s story slowly unravel and thus we have seen his character grow. For example we know that he suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and that is evident throughout the issues in the way he eats, organizes and even solves problems for his mother. Also he learned that he had a sister and also that his presumed dead father Isaac Shiffron, is in fact alive and very dangerous. He has also developed deep feelings for a waitress named Maggie who thanks to a psychotic violent new resident named Molly is now holding on to life in a hospital. This is where this month’s issue becomes what I think is a key moment in Postal. The Sheriff, Mark and Laura know that Molly has no place in Eden, but what can they do? She is the daughter of the FBI director that is making sure Eden is off the map. Well in the last issue of the arc we see the brilliance in Bryan Hill’s writing that seems to finally introduce us to the ticking time bomb named Mark Shiffron.

Throughout the issue we see moments where Mark uses a combination of methods from his father and mother to finally resolve this issue with Molly. My favorite line comes from a moment where he is talking to Maggie in the hospital and he says:

“I can feel my father inside me. The more I learn about what he is (…) the more I understand him.”

It seems as if Mark has come to realize that sometimes you need to go to extremes to protect the ones you love as is the case with Maggie, because we know for a fact that Molly was not going to leave her alone. How he chooses to resolve the issue I will leave out of this article because it is really worth the read. Although I will say that one of the residents of Eden that they involve has a significant role in a historical event with one of our former presidents which is a real surprise. This issue makes me want to go back to issue #1 and read it all over again just to see how he got to this point once again. I have to be honest when I say that I would love to see this series on the small screen someday. Now it is on to the next arc in July in which we are going to see a crossover characters from the second arc of The Tithe, which you should definitely pick up and read as it touches on a lot of controversial political and religious points and puts it into a great story. Overall I would say that this is a very good way to end the arc satisfying our need for resolution and at the same time dangling the carrot of greater threats to come.

Publisher: Top Cow Productions Inc. & Image Comics

Created by: Matt Hawkins & Bryan Hill

Artwork by: Isaac Goodhart

Colors by: Betsy Gonia