Zelda is a creator and destroyer and is far more powerful than we knew. In its third issue, Black Cloud has also grown to become more than just a story about mayoral politics. We’ve got a bigger picture now – a far more interesting one with time travel, multi-dimensions, and such, but it’s still about politics, isn’t it?

As the story gets broader and the worlds get wider, the role of Zelda in it all gets quite a bit more important, and more interesting. We find that the revolution has succeeded after a fashion, but what has been wrought is not the ideal the rebels strived for. And beyond that, Zelda made it worse, then ran away. There might be fantastical elements, but where an individual stands in the midst of conflict is where the drama lives.

The questions of who is the monster and the why of the monster are great themes for the continued series. Zelda is flawed and cowardly and faced with the consequences of her actions. The story is how she will deal with it all. Is she a hero and leader or just a culprit? I’m not sure where all of this is going and that is a good thing.

Black Cloud #3
The Bottom Line
Quality art and intrigue. Hinkle blends the real and unreal to the right kind of unease for the reader. Latour and Brandon deliver a layered story in a complex world that defy expectations.
Zelda is a rich character with conflicting motives and history. We can think we know what she should do, but never what she will.
Zelda needs to take responsibility sooner rather than later, or at least step up. Running away only captures interest for so long.