Having escaped from the mental hospital via underground tunnels, Marc and his crew explore sand-stormed New York City.
There’s not a lot of dynamic action in this issue, mostly just people walking and talking. But it’s still a treat for the eyes. Smallwood’s layouts and acting are simple yet effective, somewhat reminiscent of a Kubrick film. But Bellaire’s colors give the story an incredible punch.
There’s a lot of white. Every character except for a beat cop wears white. Every single panel is separated by white. Whitespace is even used to create interesting page layouts. Like this upside-down pyramid shape for example.
But the most interesting parts of the coloring are the contrasts. Military greens for the night sky. Crimsons for the bathroom walls. Light yellows and browns for the sand and lit skyscraper windows. They all look so rich and complement the dreamlike atmosphere. It’s part Silent Hill part Pink Floyd part The Mummy.
Plot-wise Lemire chooses to whittle down Marc’s gang to just him and Marlene. It’s a bit disappointing because I liked how they contributed to the plot in previous issues. Since this issue is part 4 out of 5 in the story I’m waiting to see the ending before making final observations.
This is a position I thought I’d never see Konshu in.
I know he saved Gena’s life but she helped him escape from the mental hospital. Seems a bit presumptuous to insist she call her by a more formal name.
I look forward to reading this book more than any other on my pull list right now. There’s so much to like about it. The whole creative team has me on the edge of my seat.