This week we found out the thrilling conclusion of Felix and Kapitan Haken in Peter Panzerfaust #15 with words by Kurtis Weibe, pictures by Tyler Jenkins and colors by Heather Breckel, published by Image Comics. Rounding out the third story arc, “Cry of the Wolf,” is a tale of humanity in the darkest of times.
When we last saw Felix, he was cornered by Kapitan Haken and now we're finally fully introduced to Haken's mortal enemy, the taker of his hand, The Crocodile. With the help of an unexpected ally, Felix makes his way to freedom. The journalist from the previous issue asks the modern day Felix about what became of the Sticks and a photo of a mystery woman. Felix indulges him about the Sticks but not the woman. The weight of the last page is heavy.
The last third of the issue is Jenkins' time to shine. Once Felix decides not to talk about the mystery woman, all dialogue stops and we're introduced to loving flashbacks of their time together. The heartwarming start to the heartbreaking end is an emotional roller coaster, saying more with only images than any dialogue could add. Jenkins’ cover of The Crocodile, who appears to be on fire, is eerie as he holds his throwing knife and a pocket watch. Heather Breckel’s colors can’t go unmentioned either. The depressing wartime scenes have an appropriately limited color pallet. The flashback sequence, between Felix and the mystery woman, however, is alive with color, capturing the couple’s happiness.
This tale of love and mutual respect is a great bookend to this arc. We get closure on everything that Felix has kept bottled up over the years. The adaptation of the crocodile was a fun change and we get to see why Kapitan Haken is truly terrified. I'm hoping The Crocodile makes more appearances and I know this won't be the last time we see Kapitan Haken, but I’m looking forward to the narrative getting back to focus on Peter himself. And goddamn, if that last page doesn’t give you chills or bring a tear to your eye, you must be a robot.
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