Review: Millennium #4
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: 15 April 2015
Quote: “And so long as I have that, I can continue in this state until the end of the world.” –Teresa of Ávila
Review: The fast-escalating narrative of IDW’s Millennium comic book miniseries pauses for a dramatic flashback that comprises the teaser to its penultimate issue. Joana Lafeuente selects a palette of red and blue that contrasts effectively with the established look of the series as we bear witness to Jordan Black’s brutal loss of innocence. If fans of the series still cherished memories of the young girl that Frank Black sought so devotedly to protect across three seasons of superlative television, we can now be in no doubt that she has grown into a complex young woman, troubled by and suffering for her “gift”.
This is brought home further during an extended scene in which father and daughter confront one another over Jordan’s involvement with the Millennium Group. It feels absolutely right that their relationship takes centre stage but, whilst Frank’s frustrations are entirely understandable, the degree of anger etched into his facial expressions and the moment when he slaps his daughter across the face both feel over-the-top for this reader. Frank Black was a devoted father above all else when we met him last and, narratively speaking, his rare outbursts were hard-earned. His anguish, anxieties and disappointments were more characteristically directed inwards, so it is hard to believe that he would lash out at his daughter in this way, no matter the circumstance. Perhaps, though, such concerns speak more to the significant ambition of this five-part series, and strengthen the argument for a further, longer run for the comic book such that the dynamics of key relationships could be explored in more depth.
Elsewhere, this latest instalment continues its command over Millennium‘s dense mythology. The Group itself retains its sinister, powerful edge and Frank’s reaction to being thrust back into its core is both believable and authentic. Particularly satisfying is the build-up to this issue’s cliffhanger, and the reveal of the derelict Yellow House as untended, unloved, and overgrown is a potent image—arguably the most powerful of the entire issue.
An even bigger reveal soon follows with the final panel promising that, in the final instalment of this miniseries, “the circle closes”. One thing is for certain: the stage is set for the finale that many Millennium devotees will have clamoured for, and which not one single fan will want to miss.
Further Reading: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz and Lance Henriksen join the rest of the cast and crew of Millennium in reflecting on the making of the television series and discussing the need for its return in Back to Frank Black, available in hardcover, paperback, and electronic editions from Fourth Horseman Press.