|EAST OF WEST #19||IMAGE COMICS|
|ARTIST: NICK DRAGOTTA||WRITER: JONATHAN HICKMAN|
|COLORIST: FRANK MARTIN||LETTERER: RUS WOOTON|
In an ensemble-based story, there’s always an inherent risk in ignoring most of the cast for one or two characters. It’s not uncommon for it to happen- it’s quite likely that an ensemble story will do it quite a few times, even- but it poses the risk of straying from important plotlines for too long, and causing a reader to forget what certain characters are up to. It’s highly unlikely that the creators of East of West don’t know this, which means the choice to focus an issue completely on Babylon and Balloon was a conscious and important one. We still don’t know what Babylon will grow up to be, but Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta are firmly set on making this his story, even if he missed the majority of East of West’s first year, and #19 serves as their mission statement for his future, reflected in Balloon.