Image Comics 2020
Written by Matt Fraction
Illustrated by Terry Dodson
Coloured by Rachel Dodson
Lettered by Clayton Cowles
The rebirth of Adventureman's legend and legacy continues—but with it follows the foes that once fought him to the edge of fatality! How can Claire and her family survive?
I am thoroughly enjoying this book right now. It has the best rhythm to it out of any other book I am currently reading. Matt isn’t rushing anything at all and letting the story unfold as it should instead of trying to force things to happen, if that makes sense to you. I like and appreciate the slower introduction that is mixed in with the adventure and intrigue to make the story something greater than it appears to be. This is kind of a masterpiece in it’s own way and right and that’s all due to the way that Matt has decided this should be told.
The way that this is being told is pretty darn brilliant in my humble opinion. How we see the story & plot development through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is pretty impeccably laid down. There are those moments we remember what she’s been through before she does and then to learn things anew beside her well that’s downright smart writing. The character development has been utterly sensational as well. The changes that we are seeing in Claire as the story keeps moving forward are slight at first and then they start growing (pun intended) the more that we see her and what she’s experiencing. The pacing of this story is incredibly good, strong and powerfully done and as it takes us through the pages revealing the story and how it unfolds. How this book is structured and how we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow is just beyond expectation.
The first issue was that oversized two issue kind of giant and then issue two and three of course are “normal” sized books but this is all it takes to not only become invested in this book and these characters but to also wonder how we’ve lived without them all this time. There is something about this that brings us back to the times when comics were fun, lighthearted and full of wonder and it is absolutely and utterly delightful.
The interiors here are amazing to see. I am blown away on a consistent basis by the work that the Dodson’s do. The linework is so exquisite and how the varying weights are being utilised to bring out the detail work is sublime. I adore how we see the faces here and how they are all so incredibly unique, not only that but the emotions and expressions that they convey are just perfectly rendered. While I would like to see backgrounds being utilised more the way they are seen here is extremely nice to see. The depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the book are shown. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show such a masterful eye for storytelling. The colour work is gorgeous! The way we see the various hues and tones within any given colour being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is mind blowing.
This series is everything we’ve wanted in a book since the whole dark angst stuff took a stranglehold on the market. The family that we see, both through blood and by choice, here and how they are a shining example of a modern day family and what it is. Plus the sheer fun that exudes right off the page from everyone involved makes this one of the all around best there is.