Which is a weird thing to say when we’re talking about a realm populated by ancient wizards, immortal monsters, and giant robots — the latter of which is our protagonist in this latest adventure — but nevertheless, it’s true. When a person thinks of Cardini’s work, phrases like “mind-blowing,” “highly imaginative,” and “far fucking out” come to mind, of course, but “emotionally resonant” and “thematically complex,” maybe not so much — until now. Prepare, then, for a hyper-space jump — into the realm of unbridled emotional longing?
Which isn’t to say that Cardini is turning into a square on us or anything — his vibrant art is as high-octane as ever, his self-aware exploitation of “trippy” sci-fi tropes taken to logical and illogical extremes as keenly on-target as we’re accustomed to. But there’s an added dimension of, dare I say, realism — at least on a thematic level — at play here that might could very well make this his most satisfying work to date, and that’s no small feat.
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