Image Comics 2016
Written by Simon Spurrier
Illustrated by Ryan Kelly
Ink Assists by Barbara Guttman & Miguel Montenegro
Coloured by Nick Filardi--London
Lee Loughridge--the Red Place
Lettered by Simon Bowland
...In Longdon-- troubled monstress Lou Canton was drive into the arms of the mysterious Zeitgeist
...In Afghanistan--her shapeshifting comrades, chafing against their military escort, prepared to reveal their true selves
...In the Red Place--the rogue she-fiend Lou was sent to kill has designs upon her unborn child.
We open up In the Red Place as we see Lou being tied down to a table as they are ready to take her baby from her. Now the characterization here is superb and as we see this bat-guano crazy lady as she begins to fill in details for us. I have to say I really hadn’t been expecting this but it’s really very good, by that I mean the explanation and that Lou is really nothing more than a means to an end right now. At least as far as these folks are concerned.
That it leads directly into London and the time of conception is marvelous. Once again I love seeing how she grows and evolves through all this. Her whole attitude and demeanor is just this spoiled little girl out of her element, lost and alone trying to find love and guidance and it’s so well presented to us by Simon.
Just the way the story flows from segment to segment as the words kind lead into them makes this issue the easiest by far to follow. It’s like this is the issue that really kinds ties everything together and the bigger picture emerges in ways that just amaze. As you learn the truth about what her comrades on this mission are really there for and who Lou can trust it just kind of boggles the mind. I went from hoping certain members would live to reassessing that and suddenly realizing certain events that have already been shown.
As freaky as things are getting I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. The whole concept of what Lou’s baby is should be rocking these characters world. There’s still the hope that the company that wanted Lou in this to begin with will show up in the proverbial nick of time but even if they don’t there’s always the aftermath/cleanup that will have to happen. Plus there’s still so much more left that we need to learn so who’ll be doing the teaching yet remains to be seen.
Ryan has been killing it with his work on the interiors. The creativity in his use of the characters and what they represent, the myths and legends of the beasts they become, as well as his everyday people just make this super exciting. There’s so much emotion and feeling that comes off the pages. His eye for storytelling using the flow of pages and panels with perspective and angles really utilize the reader’s imagination.
This has been interesting from the start but now it’s gotten to a place where we’re past that and into fascination as this is time we pass the point of no return in how we see this book. Things could go horribly wrong or completely right for Lou and that we don’t know and that’s a huge draw here. I’ve never been so excited by something I have no idea where it’s truly going.