Image Comics 2016
Written by Jason Aaron
Illustrated by r.m. Guera
Coloured by Giulia Brusco
Lettered & Designed by Jared K. Fletcher
Jason really does a mind trip on us here with this issue. He brings us so much violence and potential within that and then completely takes us there and then yanks it all away in one fell swoop. I was amazed, mystified and completely absorbed in what was going on here and I cannot believe how this left me feeling.
There’s a part of me that is shocked by this portrayal of Noah and what he is like in these pages. Though to be honest slave labour and using people to make that ark does make more sense then he and his sons alone doing it. Plus there’s that whole God chose me aspect that would give anyone that superiority complex that would in this time allow them to think they are above reproach. Though that he’s building an ark to save life from a flood that will wipe out people that are acting just like him well there’s some nice irony.
While the mother is finding her son, Lodo, Cain is fighting. Between the narration, dialogue and the visuals here this is something not to be missed. While we don’t see any nudity this time around it comes close and I have to admit the clothing and we’ll call it armour that is being worn reallys strikes a chord. Not only does r.m. do this amazing job bringing the characters to life but the way he uses page layouts with angles, perspectives and the backgrounds here really give that that something extra. He draws you into this in ways that will shock and surprise you.
Speaking of the fight itself makes you wonder about Cain. Here he is doing the right thing and it looks like he’s getting it handed to him. Still we learn about his curse and how it works and it really starts to fill your mind with what ifs? What if he’s had children or grandchildren are they like him, will he feel the need to eliminate his family line at some point? Is he capable of love at this point and can he even sire children? You want to see him be happy after all we’ve seen him go through but is that in the cards for him or will he always be reminded of what he introduced to the world?
That these guys are able to make you go past the biblical aspects that this is based on make you think longer term and the motivations behind the characters no matter how reprehensible they are is one of the greatest things going here. I mean there’s foul language and violence galore and it really doesn’t lend itself to what you might think of and yet there’s some really deep thought behind all this and it pulls that out in the readers minds.
I’ve been enjoying this immensely but I have to say this issue really took me by surprise. There’s so much going on here that you love and hate all the while it’s taking you on this crazy ass journey through Cain’s life.