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What's--What's happening?? I never felt anything like that...it felt like...no...the Mask of Life...it's gone dark. It's over, all of it, I know...it's over. The Great Spirit Mata Nui is dead!
Toa Mahri Matoro
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Comic 10: The Death of Mata Nui
Issue Information
Alternate title
WriterGreg Farshtey
IllustratorStuart Sayger
ColorerAlex Bleyaert
LettererTravis Lanham
Pages14
SeriesBIONICLE: Ignition,
Sea of Darkness
ReleasedSeptember 2007
Number in series10
Previous comicComic 9: Battle in the Deep!
Next ComicComic 11: Death of a Hero

Comic 10: The Death of Mata Nui was the tenth comic in the relaunched BIONICLE: Ignition comic series and the fifth in the Sea of Darkness sub-series. It was originally mailed with the September/October 2007 edition of the LEGO Club Magazine, and was later collected in the graphic novel BIONICLE 6: The Underwater City. This comic saw the Toa Mahri retrieve the Mask of Life too late to save the life of Mata Nui.

Plot

Hydraxon readies, aims, and fires his Cordak Blaster at the Kanohi Ignika, intending to annihilate the mask once and for all. Before it can hit, a sudden riptide sends the bullet off-course, slamming into the seafloor. Hahli and Mantax confronts Hydraxon, demanding he turn over the mask. As the Toa of Water threatens the jailer, he fires another explosive round at the seafloor, throwing them apart. The Mask of Life is blown right into the hands of Mantax, who suddenly gains the ability to drain the life-force of others. When Hahli recovers from the blast, she reunites with the other Toa Mahri. Matoro shares with them the knowledge he learned: the Stone Cord connecting Voya Nui and Mahri Nui needed to be destroyed to help save Mata Nui. However, doing so would endanger all the Matoran of both islands. The Toa team makes sure to evacuate the villagers, entrusting them to Axonn. The Order of Mata Nui member provides the group with the Toa Terrain Crawler to help speed them back to Mahri Nui. There, the team splits up: Jaller and Matoro go after the Mask of Life, while the others engage in interference. Hewkii, in particular, goes after the wild Rahi Gadunka. The animal simply chomps the boulder that the Toa of Stone hurls at it, so the hero simply electrocutes it with his Electrified Chains. Elsewhere, Jaller attacks Mantax, knocking the Mask of Life from his grasp. When the stubborn Barraki pursues the mask again, the Toa shoots a blast of Fire at him, superheating the water around the villain. Nearby, Matoro spots the Makuta-controlled Maxilos robot heading toward the now-unclaimed Kanohi. Fed up with the mastermind's endless scheming the Toa freezes the villain solid. Jaller makes his move for the Ignika, Hydraxon stops him with a strangle-hold.

The angry jailer hurls Jaller aside, but the Toa of Fire will not give up that easily. The hero generates a wall of flame in front of Hydraxon, who remains unmoved. Before he can swim around the fire, the jailer is assaulted by a rogue Spinax, who is under the influence of Makuta. The Maxilos unit frees itself, thanking Jaller for the unexpected assist. As the two Toa escape, Jaller wonders who the robot really is, while Matoro wonders why Makuta isn't pursuing them. The schemer has his reasons, though...Finally, the Toa reunite and use their Cordak Blasters to vaporize the Stone Cord, freeing the island of Voya Nui and sending it back to its original location. The Mask of Life pulls Matoro in the wake of Voya Nui, guiding him to where they need to go. The Barraki return with reinforcements, and they are angry. Out of desperation, Matoro outpaces even Hali and flees after the retreating island. In the midst of his desperate flight, the world goes cold and grey, and he realizes the horrifying truth: the Great Spirit Mata Nui has died!

To be continued...

Credits

  • Greg Farshtey - Writer
  • Stuart Sayger - Artist
  • Alex Bleyaert - Colorist
  • Travis Lanham - Letterer
  • Jennifer Redding - Asst. art director
  • Toby Dutkiewicz - Art director/design
  • Jessica Numsuwankijkul - Asst. editor
  • Michael Wright - Editor
  • Ryan Noble - Cover design

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Quotes

Some call this mask a curse...but it weakens my enemies and makes me stronger. Now no one can take it from me.
Mantax is overconfident
Wow. You make Kongu look handsome. You're almost as friendly as he is, too.
Hewkii taunts Gadunka
Makuta! It ends here and now! One thousand years of fear, and danger, and darkness even in the day...it all ends now, if I have to freeze you for all time to do it.
— Matoro
My thanks, Toa for that well-timed wall of fire. Not that I couldn't have freed myself, but I was curious to see how far Matoror would go.
— Makuta/Maxilos

Extra Features

Notes

Continuity

  • This issue picks up immediately after the events of the previous comic and resolves the cliffhanger presented there.
  • This issue also sees the first comic appearance of Gadunka, an animal enlarged off-panel by the power of the Mask of Life.
  • This issue sees the only comic appearance of the Toa Terrain Crawler, a giant bio-mechanical worm used as a vehicle by the Toa Mahri.

Errors

  • On page 2, Hahli and Hydraxon's dialogue bubbles are accidentally switched around in one panel.

Trivia

  • The cover for this issue was based on Ryan Noble's fan-submitted design in the "BIONICLE Comic Cover Contest" from the March/April 2007 edition of LEGO Club Magazine.
  • This issue was originally released without a title. The name "The Death of Mata Nui" comes from the end tag of the previous comic.

See Also

External Links

LEGO BIONICLE Comics
BIONICLE
2001 The Coming of the ToaDeep Into DarknessTriumph of the Toa
2002 The Bohrok Saga: The Bohrok AwakeTo Trap a TahnokInto the NestWhat Lurks BelowThe End of the Toa?Divided We Fall
2003 Powerless!A Matter of Time...Absolute PowerRise of the Rahkshi!At Last -- Takanuva!Secrets and ShadowsBIONICLE: Unmasked
BIONICLE: Metru Nui
2004 City of Legends: Toa Metru!Disks of DangerSeeds of DoomEnemies of Metru NuiStruggle in the SkyDreams of DarknessBIONICLE: Unmasked 2
2005 Monsters in the DarkVengeance of the VisorakShadow PlayBirth of the RahagaHanging by a ThreadFractures2005 Web Comics
BIONICLE: Ignition
2006 IgnitionIf A Universe Ends...Vengeance of AxonnShowdownA Cold Light DawnsIn Final Battle
2007 Sea of Darkness: Web ComicMask of Life, Mask of DoomSea of DarknessBattle in the Deep!The Death of Mata NuiDeath of a Hero
2008 Battle for Power: Realm of FearComic 12.5Swamp of ShadowsEndgameMata Nui Rising
BIONICLE: Glatorian
2009 Sands of Bara MagnaThe Fall of AteroA Hero RebornBefore the StormValley of Fear
2010 Journey's End: All That GlittersRebirth
Other Comics
Adventures! The Legend of LewaThe Legend of Lewa Part 2Gali's TaleTrouble for TahuTime of the Toa
McDonald's Challenge of the RahiThe Bohrok Awake (Tale of the ToaSecret of the SwarmInto the Nest)
Promotional BohrokToa NuvaBohrok-KalRakhshiMatoran
Lunchables Metru Nui - City of Legends (Comic 1Comic 2Comic 3)
Papercutz Hydraxon's TaleRise and Fall of the SkrallThe Exile's TaleAll Our Sins Remembered
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