Titan Comics 2015
Written by Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery
Illustrated by Neil Edwards
Coloured by Ivan Nunes
Lettered by Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
All the hours Charlotte has logged in the Animus are put to the ultimate test as she and
Galina set out to rescue Kody from his kidnappers. With a lot of luck, and some fast thinking, they may even get him back in one piece… But Quila and Pardo have run out of options, and luck is no longer on their side. Marked for sacrifice, their lives are in the hands of men blinded by power and faith…
El Jefe has Kody and he’s trying to draw the girls out. This is revenge pure and simple and it’s something he’s awfully well versed in. Only even with the kids inexperience he’s dealing with forces way beyond his reach and control. I have to say seeing Charlotte in action is what every fanboy and fangirl dreams of, being able to use these abilities she’s gained from being in the Animus and using them in real life situations. Nervous, scared and full of optimistic hope while still being able to call Galina out about her attitude this is what it should be like for a fan to be in that situation.
The characterization is completely insane. The boys couldn’t be doing any better in fleshing out these characters with dialogue and growth. Seeing Charlotte wrestle with her own failings and with Galina’s lack of leadership qualities and watching her change in front of our eyes is the kind of stuff that we as readers love to see. Yes this based on a video game and yes it’s violent and yet that violence is part of the story it isn’t gratuitous or forced it’s a natural part of what’s happening here. There’s a difference in violence for violence sake and one where the story calls for it in the extreme. Again the boys have really impressed me with how they are handling the writing of this book.
I love how this issue is set up so that we get the present first and the past later. Seeing her still in Inca world and seeing how much care and effort is put into making it as historically accurate and still fit the story is wonderfully done. I can’t believe just how well this all put together and considering the source material that we can get this kind of story, background and information is a huge reason i’m a fan of the adaptation.
I’ve been praising Neil’s work since day one and i’ll continue to do so now. He’s got this fantastic eye for storytelling through the use of pages and panels. His attention to detail is wonderful to see throughout and the difference he and Ivan bring in the present/past is literally night and day here. That Neil can bring us the sense of action/adventure and all the emotions that the characters are feeling, movement and you name it and he makes us FEEL.
With a great ending that sets up the next arc this series just keeps the hits coming and the reader guessing and it’s what makes reading comics interesting and fun!