Every legend hides a lie.
The four-part local comic book that I'd been anticipating every Komikon had finally come to an end. "Skyworld" by Mervin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria spearheaded my every Komikon agenda. Now, it is a cross mark, a significant bullet point in the comics side of my life, a brush tip that'll paint me a smile every time I think of local komiks.
The taste of a goodbye kiss from the person you thought you would have loved forever, that was how it was like upon finishing the last panel of the fourth and last book, "Requiem".
It's the same feeling I had while I was watching the end credits of "Cowboy Bebop" disappear into the stars; the same feeling as I leafed through the last few pages of "After Eden"; the same feeling as I witness the rest of The Endless greet their newly born brother in "Sandman"; it is heartbreaking, but sweet.
I first met "Skyworld" during my first Komikon; that was back in 2009 in UP Bahay ng Alumni. Our meeting was not a work of chance, but a set play of one of the magics of life. It was awesome.
I only had a 100-peso bill left in my pocket. It's a dilemma of whether to spend it or just save it. I took a last round of look at the comics on every table, and there my eyes spotted an intrinsic cover, successful enough to intrigue me. It was worth 100 pesos. At that time, it was already expensive for me. I stood there for quite a while, contemplating of whether I should buy it. Eventually I did.
And I am glad I did.
I am glad that I decided to spend my last 100-peso bill for the comic book with the intriguing cover. It was the start of my Komikon excitement. In fact, the primary reason why I go to every Komikon event was because of its succeeding issues.
And now, it had finally come to an end. I was thinking, what shall I look forward to for the coming events, now that my most anticipated title had finally sealed the last box. I had a different answer for that.
Book one, Apocrypha, is still what I like the most among the four books. It is the cover that urged me to buy it, but it is the storytelling that made me look forward for book two. It's simple narration is like dear old granny on a rocking chair, telling old stories that are on the verge of oblivion.
I remember feeling a sense of fear and disturbance as I leafed through every page; Kaptan's character was boldly created by Mervin Ignacio. It's so powerful that I didn't feel quite at peace while reading book one; blasphemous--that was on my mind. Nevertheless, I kept reading the succeeding books. XD Though I initially felt that way, I still think the most marvelously written was book one.
How the whole story was concluded, how Trese let go of those last words to Andoy in the last panel, ah! a sweet thorn in the heart; it successfully wraps up everything.
Every legend indeed hides a lie.