Review – b.b. free #2 (Boom! Box)

Music in the Swamp in b.b. free #2

The last issue introduced us to the world that b.b. has grown up into. Living in a swamp, she somehow managed to find music that speaks to her soul. And in b.b. free #2, she’s starting to move towards making that her whole life.

Powers and puberty seem to go hand and hand in the world of comic books. And yet, this is not your ordinary coming-of-age tale. B.b. free is a dynamic and compelling series about a girl who desperately wants to find herself. And she wants to be free to love the music that is her life.

b.b. has only just learned about her powers, and thus she knows less than nothing about them. So far, all she knows is that she once produced a blindingly bright light. And that her father’s anger triggered it for the first time. The rest of the series is set up to explore that power alongside her unique nature and desires.

Writing

b.b. free #2 is perhaps the most charming issue I’ve read in quite some time. B.b. is somebody who knew what she wanted in life – she only had to get the courage to seek it out. But this whole power thing has thrown her through a loop.

This combination has made for a compelling series so far. The atmosphere in the series thus far is part of the reason why it is so unique. But we can’t ignore b.b. and Chulita’s vibrant natures either.

Gabby Rivera’s way of writing is so human. B.b. feels like a real person, in spite of her powers. That makes everything that happens around her feel so much more important because it’s impossible not to care for her wellbeing.

This issue does raise and address several questions. All while weaving in even more concerns and subplots. I honestly have no clue where this series is going to lead in the long run, and I couldn’t be more excited about that fact. And there’s no way I’m the only fan feeling that way.

Art

Do you remember all of the vibrant artwork present in the first issue? Well, it’s back again for b.b. free #2! There’s just something so endearing about this whole art style. Everything from the way the characters are drawn to the color palette of the series feels so light and yet so welcoming. It’s really perfect for the plot when you think about it.

Royal Dunlap was the lead artist for this issue. They’re the ones responsible for those characters we love so much and for many of the other details that make the series thus far. Their expressions are endearing, and the sense of movement is engaging.

Then there’s that color palette! The series bounces back and forth between several dominant colors, all of which alter the tone of each panel. Kieran Quigley, Sarah Stern, and Jeremy Lawson all worked on the colors together, and it shows.

Finally, there’s the lettering. Jim Campbell was the letterer for this issue, and you can see his style here. The lettering is a bit smaller, trying to take up as little space as possible. But the sound effects don’t have that fear. The combination is intriguing, but also the right balance.

Conclusion

b.b. free #2 was another unique and fascinating read from this series. It’s a charming read, one that gives us a glimpse into the life of Chulita while also building up other elements along the way. It almost felt like this issue spent most of its time setting up for something else, which should make the next issue fairly dramatic.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

Review – B.B. Free #1 (Boom! Box)

B. B. Free #1: A Charming Tale About A Girl Who Just Wants to Be Free

Alright, everybody, if you’re looking for a comic series that celebrates LGBT children and everything they can give to this world, you’ve got to check out b. b. free #1. Enter b.b., she’s just a fifteen-year-old girl who desperately wants to be free – free to be who and what she is, without any shame. Or without being told to ‘be a good girl.’

All b.b. really wants to do is be able to travel the country – as broken as it is – and broadcast her free radio station. One that is as cheerful and free and she someday wants to be. But there are forces in her life that refuse to ever let that happen.

This series takes all of society’s expectations of young ladies and brings that discussion to the forefront. All the pressure it brings with it and how dehumanizing it can feel when repeatedly told to be something you feel like you’re not.

Writing

Written by Gabby Rivera, b.b. free #1 introduces us to a fascinating new world. It’s a world in which the country has fallen, risen back up, and altered. This is the world that young b.b. was born and raised in.

This series directly confronts all of the oppressive expectations thrown onto younger generations by their parents and elders. Constantly being told to ‘be good girls’ makes us question what that means – and what the cost is. It’s a hurtful phrase to many, as b.b. herself addresses.

This series may only be one issue, but it’s already proving to be a powerful and moving one. Here’s hoping that it helps to free somebody else along the way. After all, that’s all b.b. wants out of her life. Well, that and her radio station.

Art

The artwork behind b.b. free #1 is vibrant and full of life. Being a series that celebrates LGBT youth – it is unsurprisingly full of a rainbow of colors. And it is delightful. The series has somehow made a swampy biome look colorful and bright. It’s an interesting and unique take, but one that fits the series nicely.

Even in these few pages, b.b.’s character has been made clear. She’s full of life and passion, and yet she’s also at that awkward stage as a teenager. This awkwardness is exacerbated whenever she’s forced to wear clothing her father picks out. The fact that it’s shown and not said adds to the impact tenfold.

Royal Dunlap was responsible for most of the artwork in this issue. And it shows. You can tell that one artist’s vision was brought to life here. And it gave the series a distinctive look. However, Jim Campbell stepped up to provide the lettering. And their work helped enhance the story being told.

Conclusion

B.b. free #1 was a great start to a new series. It was emotional and intelligent, and it wasn’t afraid to allow subtlety to tell certain elements of the story. And let’s not forget the conclusion of this issue, which will leave readers anxious to get their hands on the second issue.

There was something so uplifting and liberating about b.b.’s story, even though it has only just begun. Perhaps that is because, while it is a dystopian world (sort of), there is something here that many readers can relate to. And it’s just so beautifully human.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

Review – Bone Parish #11 (Boom! Studios)

Bone Parish #11 Brings Us Closer to the End

Bone Parish #11 is perhaps the fastest-paced issue in the series to date, which is saying something. You can tell that the series is nearing its end because they’re starting to weave everything back around. Not that we’ll be happy to see this one go.

This issue is actually the second to last issue in the series. That means that everything needs to be tied up in a neat (or bloody) little bow before things finish. I think they can do that – especially considering all of the progress made during this issue.

Bone Parish #11 lives up to the expectations laid upon it from past issues. It’s intense, brutal, and has so many intricate plots and schemes weaving in and out of each other. The brutality at points is borderline grotesque, but it fits the tone of the series perfectly.

Writing

Now that the series is nearing an end, you can really see everything that Cullen Bunn was building to. There have been many twists and turns throughout the series, but none like what happened in Bone Parish #11.

I’m still reeling from some of the twists in this issue. Several of them Bunn had been building to for a while. So they weren’t precisely shocking…but they were shockingly dramatic despite that. Other twists lived up to their namesake.

This issue was all over the place – but in a good way. Every plot that has been in progress was touched upon here. From the stories covering the past to the plots happening in real-time. From the main plot to all of the subplots. It’s easy to forget how intricate this series had become until it was all placed neatly in front of us. Okay, the events themselves were anything but neat, but you get what I’m saying.

Throughout all of this, the tone for the series held true. It still read like a modern horror, with elements from the drug trade and the supernatural seeping in. Since it was the tone of the series that sold me, I’m grateful for that fact.

Art

Due to the fast-paced nature of Bone Parish #11, there were several changes in scenes and main perspectives. That would have been difficult to keep up with, but the creative team did a brilliant job of always making it clear when the setting had changed.

Jonas Scharf provided the lines for this issue, while Alex Guimaraes did the coloring, and Ed Dukeshire provided the lettering. Together they made this entire tale possible. They really pulled in the darker tones of the series – sometimes literally.

I loved the gothic influence in this issue. It combined well with some of the more graphic scenes. It made for an exciting duality, if nothing else. There were other, trickier things the artists had to portray in this issue as well. But talking about them would be spoilers.

Conclusion

Bone Parish #11 did a brilliant job of moving the plot forward. It’s begun to weave all of the plot lines back in together. Surely setting up for a theatrical conclusion to the series. I still have questions, and I sincerely have no idea what is going to happen before it ends. And I couldn’t be more excited to see what happens.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

Review – Bone Parish #10 (Boom! Studios)

Bone Parish #10 Takes the Series Down a Dark New Path

It may be hard to believe that Bone Parish could get any darker, but that’s certainly how it felt in the latest issue. It continues onward with all of the themes and plots already introduced, but it ratchets things up a notch or two.

The last issue left us with a bit of a cliffhanger. One that, thankfully, Bone Parish #10 resolved. And man did it live up to the wait. I was feeling pretty anxious about what was going to happen. And if it’s possible to feel both relieved and shocked, that describes my emotions perfectly for this issue.

Writing

Cullen Bunn has a way of weaving these dark and fascinating plots into something that leaves his readers eager for more. While the series is graphic and morbid, there’s also this odd sort of elegance to it. Perhaps it’s the characters. Perhaps it’s the art. I personally think it’s the writing style.

Like all of the previous issues of Bone Parish, this one had some relatively graphic moments in it. But they also fit in so perfectly with the story being told. Remember, we’re talking about a family that is making their name off of selling drugs made from corpses. I feel like that alone should set some expectations.

Bone Parish #10 was an intense read, even by those standards. There were a couple of dramatic reveals, as well as one truly anxiety-inducing moment in the beginning. Combine that with an ever-progressing plot, and you’ve got a fast-paced issue to read.

I love that they’ve been weaving in some more of the past as well. These transitions to the past are subtle, leaving us with a moment of hesitation while adjusting to the time period. It does a good job of throwing us off balance, which can only enhance the telling.

This issue didn’t leave off in a cliffhanger. But it still managed to leave off on a dramatic moment. And it left us with many questions hanging in the air. I’m looking forward to getting some answers.

Art

As always, the artwork behind Bone Parish is phenomenal. The color palette perfectly complements the darker tones of the series. While also supporting some of that elegance I was talking about earlier.

Jonas Scharf and Alex Guimaraes are the artists behind the series, and they’re just amazing. They manage this fine balance between graphic and gory. Too little, and it won’t have the right impact. Too much, and it becomes distracting.

Then there are the rest of the details in Bone Parish #10. Not to mention the sheer number of individual characters that need to be portrayed (and memorable). I’m usually pretty bad at immediately remembering side characters, but I honestly haven’t had an issue with this series.

Conclusion

Bone Parish #10 has lived up to the expectations set on it from the rest of the series. It moved the plot forward at a steady pace. But it also didn’t reveal too much. In short, it once again has left me eager to learn more about what is happening behind the scenes. At least this time around, I feel like I’m really starting to put the pieces together.

I still love the tones of the series. And while this issue was slightly more graphic than the last couple, it didn’t hit that point of being overly gory. It’s a tough balance and one that I respect. And of course, now I’m looking forward to seeing what the fallout will be in the next issue.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

Review – Bone Parish #9 (Boom! Studios)

Bone Parish #9 Explores the Age-Old Adage: Is Blood Thicker Than Water?

Bone Parish is, without a doubt, one of the darker series available right now. But it’s also intricate and surprisingly subtle in the way it handles all of the secondary plots in the series. The Winters family business isn’t new, but it sure does have a unique spin on it. And that’s what keeps it interesting – and part of what makes the series so dark.

Bone Parish #9 was surprising for many reasons, but that just made for a better read. They’re progressing with the story, but the direction is not the obvious one, and I have to respect that. While this series came off as somewhat blunt and brutal (but in a good way), it’s becoming more and more clear that there is so much more going on beneath the surface.

Writing

Bone Parish #9 is quite possibly one of my favorite issues in the series so far. Okay, the top two or three is probably more accurate. The series has started to settle in, and that means we can finally start digging deeper into all the elements already introduced. From the family business to family dynamics, I want to read it all.

Cullen Bunn did a great job with this issue. He wrote the issue so that it bounced back and forth between two points in time. But the reason for the bouncing created a nearly seamless ebb and flow. It was really clever. And, of course, it further added to the intrigue of what was going on.

I absolutely love the twist that was revealed in this issue. It was one of those moments where you just sit there going, ‘wait, did they just say what I think they said?’ That alone is a great find, but then to be able to look back and have it make sense? I couldn’t ask for more.

The secondary plot in this issue helped keep things moving and also provided outlets for more of the graphic elements the series is becoming so well known for. I think it’ll end up becoming something larger in the long run – I do not see any room for wasted storytelling opportunities here.

Art

I’ve enjoyed the art style from Bone Parish since day 1, and with good reason. The series hasn’t been afraid to be graphic when needed – which is a requirement for this plot. It also has a great sense of style. The aesthetics of the style are so appealing and a perfect match for what we’re being told.

Bone Parish #9 had a lot to accomplish here. Jonas Scharf and Alex Guimaraes had to draw two points in time and have them be immediately clear which was which. There was never a point where they flat out informed us that it was a flashback. But it wasn’t needed either.

The grotesque images in this issue were exceptionally well done – they could have fit into any crime drama out there, even with the personal flair and thrown into the mix. The color palette is also worth commenting on – blending darker tones with brighter moments, both matching what was happening at the time. It’s a hard mix, but they managed it here.

Conclusion

Bone Parish #9 managed to up the ante in ways that I did not expect. They’re turning the plot inward, but it’s making everything significantly more complex. The result is a fascinating plot that has plenty of room for exploring – and I’m sure I’m not the only one looking forward to that moment.

This issue was one of the obligatory setting up issues. They still managed to make it an interesting read and even managed to fit in many of the elements we’ve expected. And it’s all surely going to lead to something bigger and more dramatic. Something I’m personally excited to see.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

Review – Bone Parish Vol. 1 (Boom! Studios)

Bone Parish Vol. 1 Is Ready to Take Over Your Bookshelves

Bone Parish Vol. 1 is a thrilling new story about crime, horror, and drugs. But it’s more disturbing than you could ever imagine. It’s been described as a necromancer horror series, and there isn’t a more accurate description out there.

The series follows one family as they create and perfect a new drug to sell on the streets. Unfortunately, the key ingredient is unique and more than a little bit horrifying. Together they’ll have to face off against others than want a share in the business, all while dealing with some disturbing family issues.

Writing

Bone Parish comes from the mind of Cullen Bunn, and if I wasn’t so enthralled with the plot, I’d be asking some questions. The series is dark and horrifying, but it also has many other elements to keep the series going.

Strong themes are running through the undercurrent of this series; trying to keep the business within the family, dominance struggles, guilt, loss, grief, they all came along for the ride in Bone Parish.

I’ve seen series that tried to hit this balance between fascination and horror. But I’ve never seen one that hit it so dead-on before. The tones of this series make it worth reading. The plot itself is a strong one, with multiple subplots to carry things along.

I went into this volume not knowing what to expect, but I ended up being blown away by the intensity of it all. It was bone-chilling and subtle and not afraid to explore the darker themes of family loyalty and drug running.

Art

Bone Parish Vol. 1 is visually striking. Its darker color palette perfectly matches the darker tones of the series. The cover images and the introduction panels, in particular, are eye-catching. Jones Scharf was the illustrator for the series, while Alex Guimaraes provided the coloring.

Together these two manage to capture the story being told. Everything from the more obvious notes, such as the story’s tone, to the more subtle ones. Each character introduced has their own personal plot, and the artists managed to weave in some iconic symbolism whenever possible to really pull it all together.

There were a lot of clear influences in the artwork here. You can see elements of folklore strewn about, and it has a grounding effect on the series. It makes the world, and thus the characters and plot, feel more real.

The artists had to find a clever way of showing us different…side effects of the drug. Some of them were obvious, but others had to be more subtle. The plot needed to be able to surprise us at points, so that balance was vital. The solution they came up with was creative, and I think, quite effective.

Conclusion

Bone Parish Vol. 1 is a strong introduction to the series. It’ll leave you chilled to the bone and wishing for more. This may be a series that, on the outside, looks like it’ll only run for a short time, but I think it has the potential to become something more.

This series was unlike anything I had ever read before. It was uncommon and had perfectly balanced tones of horror to carry the series along. Knowing what was going on behind the scenes only added to the weight of the series. This is a series worth checking out and following.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

Review: Alienated #2

Alienated #2

Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Chris Wildgoose
Colorist: Andre May
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Released: March 18th, 2020
Rating: 4 Star

Alienated #2 continues the quirky and somewhat odd adventure of three teenagers and the alien they accidentally came across in the wild. Yes, that really happened. And yes, it is exactly as entertaining as it sounds.

Now, Samir, Samantha, and Samuel are linked, both through strange mental abilities and through their discovery of Chip, the surprisingly adorable alien they’ve found. That means they have to somehow navigate high school, all while carrying more baggage than ever before.

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The Plot

Simon Spurrier has really created such a unique reading experience in Alienated #2. This issue focuses mainly on Samuel’s internal monologue, but that sets the scene. It also implies what sort of format we can expect from the next issues, but that’s neither here nor there.

At the root of it, this is a high school drama infused with heavy science fiction elements. There are many classic subplots to expect from that, such as the snobby girl who thinks she’s better than everyone else, and the high school bully (and we all know how well that went for him!).

It’s a fun twist on the matter when you throw into that stereotypical mix three teenagers with access to human thought. Though really, that’s proving to only be the start of the access they actually have. It’s a bit concerning admittedly, but also really fascinating. In addition, I honestly can’t wait to see what happens next.

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The Art

The artwork inside Alienated #2 is sublime. We’re talking vibrant colors, dynamic scenes full of unexpected moments, and other fun twists like that. It makes for a truly memorable series and one that stands out among the rest.

Chris Wildgoose is the lead artist, and they’re the ones responsible for how our characters look. They’re also the ones drawing Chip, a character that I find to be unbearably adorable. I personally love the design, it’s clearly alien, while not falling under any stereotypes. It, like the rest of the series, is unique.

Andre May is the colorist, and honestly, the colors are what really make this series feel so vibrant and alive. The colors veer towards the overly bright, but it works so well, especially alongside the more alien themes.

Finally, Jim Campbell is the letterer, and you won’t be surprised to hear that he did a great job. At least, I wasn’t surprised. His grasp of subtle details allowed for an unobtrusive delivery of vital information.

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In Conclusion

Alienated #2 brought with it several more surprises, all while being highly entertaining. I think what I love most about this series is the fact that I honestly can’t predict what will happen next.

The series has already gone so much darker than I expected, yet it still feels so light and bubbly at the same time. It’s a fantastic mixture of elements, and I know I’ll keep coming back for more.

Review: Red Mother #4

Red Mother #4

Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: Jeremy Haun
Artist: Danny Luckert
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Released: March 18th, 2020
Rating: 4 Star

Red Mother is arguably one of the more disturbing and chilling series I’ve been reading of late. And that’s saying something. Daisy’s tale is both alarming and intriguing, in just the right proportions. It’s also difficult to predict what will happen next, a fact that has surely increase the tension.

As if the events of her recent past weren’t enough, it seems like there’s a new mystery on the horizon. One that comes in the form of a charming executive that wants to employ her. Perhaps, if that was the end of the surprises, Daisy could handle it all. But it isn’t.

Red Mother #4 is one of the more alarming issues of the series, a fact that surprised me. The plot is starting to move forward in leaps and bounds. Yet there are so many questions left to be answered.

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The Plot

Red Mother #4 started out in a way that I didn’t expect. By that, I mean that it was almost a casual and normal day, for Daisy. You know, if you discount that first scene painted in red. Yet there’s something almost foreshadowing in the normalness of it all.

That is where Jeremy Haun’s writing shines. He’s managed to make the normal feel terrifying, and it’s all because you don’t know what’s going to happen next. A feeling that is rapidly rewarded, thanks to the events that unfold in this issue.

I can tell you with complete honestly that I do not know what’s going to happen next. Nor do I (yet) see the connection between this new executive and the mystery of what happened to Daisy. I actually kind of love that about this series. It’s refreshing to give up the reigns and just follow along and be surprised (or terrified).

Speaking of, I feel like the horror elements went up a few notches in this issue. Perhaps that’s just me though. I don’t exactly watch horror movies (weird, I know). That being said, the progression, while sudden, also feels natural. Perhaps because it has also felt so inevitable.

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The Art

Red Mother #4 features a variety of scenes, expressions, and settings. It makes for a visually stunning piece, though some scenes are surely going to be more memorable than others. Even in the calmer scenes, Daisy’s character design seems to stand out. A constant reminder of her past and the future we presume is lurking ever closer.

Danny Luckert is the lead artist for this project, providing everything minus the lettering, which was done by Ed Dukeshire. Together they’ve created a horror story worth following, full of the iconic elements that have made it so memorable.

Naturally, that means the more alarming scenes will be more memorable. Nevertheless, it’s all simply setting the scene for something so much bigger. And the artwork perfectly supports the story being told.

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In Conclusion

Red Mother #4 is one of those issues that really threw me. It wasn’t at all what I expected, and yet it was still brilliant. I find myself coming up with more questions with each issue, all of which I’m eagerly looking forward to finding the answers for.

Review: Wicked Things #1

Wicked Things #1

Publisher: Boom! Box
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Max Sarin
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Released: March 18th, 2020
Rating: 5 Star

Wicked Things is the latest new series from a creative team many of you will recognize! John Allison and Max Sarin, the creators behind Giant Days, are once again working together to bring us a charming and fascinating new series. They’ll be working alongside artists such as Whitney Cogar and Jim Campbell too, so that is even more exciting.

Charlotte Grote is nineteen years old, and she’s running out of time to get attention for being a teenage sleuth. After all, only one more year and she will officially no longer be a teen. Unfortunately, that quickly becomes the least of her problems.

You see, Charlotte Grote is about to be framed for a murder. Yes, the irony is strong in that situation. But it does force her hand nonetheless. And that is where our series begins.

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The Plot

Being a huge fan Giant Days it’s safe to say that I had extremely high hopes for this series. Thus far, my hopes have not been let down. I absolutely adore the introduction to this latest series. John Allison, alongside the rest of the creative team (see below), has created a charming and enchanting tale once again.

Wicked Things #1 is highly charming, full of quirks and drama. Everything from the way Charlotte is presented to the intrigue and tension that follows is perfection. And yes, that does include the dramatic twist at the end of this issue.

There is something so endearing about Charlotte, especially the casual version of her presented early on in the issue. Where she’s relaxing around her house and arguing about what can and cannot be thrown out. You’ve got to admit, that is a scene most of us can identify with.

Even if we’re not master sleuths in training, that is. From there, Charlotte’s adventure quickly grows in scale, culminating in the events that have been advertised early on (hint: her being framed). I’m extremely curious to see the follow-up, even though I have a general idea of what sort of circumstances she’s going to end up in. But that just proves my emotional investment, right? Either way, I can’t wait for next month!

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The Art

If you’re a fan of the artwork provided in Giant Days, then you’re going to love Wicked Things #1. The characters are adorable and charismatic in their designs, while still reading as unrelentingly human in their expression and emotion.

Max Sarin was the lead artist for this issue, obviously. That’s where most of the style and charm is coming from (and I love it). In particular, I’m finding myself loving the aesthetic of the series. Think of a classic detective series, and then throw a comic spin on it. That’s what you’re getting here, and it’s amazing.

Whitney Cogar was in charge of coloring, and they did an excellent job. Most of the colors are bold and dominant, but honestly, it works really well in this series. Charlotte’s personality would demand nothing less, after all.

Jim Campbell provided the lettering, and unsurprisingly he did an amazing job here. His attention to detail allowed for many subtle moments. Not to mention the avoidance of clutter, even on the pages that required a lot of detail to be provided.

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In Conclusion

Wicked Things #1 was exactly what I hoped it would be. It’s a highly entertaining diversion, providing a blend of out of this world plot with down to earth characters and elements. This series is going to be perfect for Giant Days fans, especially those still mourning the loss of the series (myself included).

Review: Red Mother #3

Red Mother #3

Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: Jeremy Haun
Artist: Danny Luckert
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Released: February 19t, 2020
Rating: 4 Star

Red Mother has been a truly chilling series, right from the start. In the span of just a few issues, Daisy has been through hell and back. Though perhaps not literally. Not yet, at any rate. What is in store for her is a lot less certain, so I’m not going to rule out that possibility.

Daisy McDonough had been a woman content to live her life, enjoying time with her boyfriend, while working on projects for fun. But that was all before she and her boyfriend were attacked. Now he’s missing, and she’s still struggling to cope with the fallout.

Last we saw, a mysterious box had been left on her door. I for one had spent more than my fair share of time wondering about what the intriguing item could possibly have been. So naturally, this is an issue I was very much looking forward to.

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The Writing

Red Mother #3 was written by Jeremy Haun, and man does he have a great sense of storytelling here. I’ve been so curious to see what the item could be, that I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I needn’t have worried.

The intrigue level jumped all the way up to a ten in this issue, as the item was not what I expected. Nor was the sender who or what I was expecting. It’s still chilling, thinking about what it all could mean. But for a completely different reason.

This issue balanced fascination with trauma in a very careful manner. Daisy is far from being healed, emotionally or physically. But for the briefest moment, it almost felt like she was on that path. Given what we know, and what she doesn’t know, that feels unlikely to be true. But that’s just making the read all the more exciting, don’t you think?

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The Art

The artwork behind Red Mother #3 is truly stunning. It’s dark yet elegant, which is a perfect combination when you think about it. There were lots of fine details that needed to be portrayed here, thanks to the nature of the gift Daisy received. Yet that only helped to enhance the story as a whole.

Danny Luckert was the least artist for this issue, providing both the lines and the colors. They’ve done a fantastic job, as the world really comes alive here. Everything from Daisy’s scar to the way she explores her world seems so vivid and real.

The rare glimpse into that red world is a delightful pop of color – even while being highly terrifying. In a way, it sort of reminds me of the way the Purple Man tends to affect the pages around him. He doesn’t even have to be physically present in order for readers (or viewers) to know he’s there. It’s much the same way for this Red Mother.

Ed Dukeshire was the letterer, and they unsurprisingly did a great job. He’s always known how to balance things, how much is too much and so on. That knowledge is used to great effect here, as this is such a delicate story unfolding.

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In Conclusion

Red Mother #3 was another thrilling read, but it felt different for several reasons. In this case, different is good. The intrigue has taken a new form, and with it, it almost feels like Daisy is once again taking control of her life. For better or for worse. Only time will tell.

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