Boom! Studios 2020
Written by Simon Spurrier
Illustrated by Chris Wildgoose
Coloured by André May
Lettered by Jim Campbell
It's Samantha's turn with Chip -- the dangerous alien -- but everything starts to go wrong when she instigates a confrontation with her ex-boyfriend. Scared and angry, Samantha struggles with the decision to use Chip's powers for her own benefit. But not even she knows what the true consequences will be…
There is some crazy good stuff happening within these pages. With Samantha’s turn to have Chip, this is when we’re going to learn a lot more than we bargained for. After all she’s the one who noticed the changes in him of which we see the results rather quickly. One of the things that Simon does with this issue that I hadn’t expected to see is to delve into not just one dark place but several. Also we start to see more of what Chip is actually capable of and it leads the reader to start thinking and become engaged in the story in new ways.
I think the way that this is being told is utterly fantastic. How we see the story & plot development keep moving forward through how we see the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is exceptionally well done. That these three weren’t friends before this and now share their thoughts with each other opens up this crazy new dynamic in their lives and it just inherently makes this more and more interesting the more we read. This leads into some really nice character development within these pages. I am not sure if having this happen to them is allowing them to be bolder and more secure in dealing with their own personal issues or not but it definitely has a profound effect on each of them. The pacing we see is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists, turns and revelations along the way we see how everything works together to create the books ebb & flow.
I am blown away by the secrets the kids have to come to life. How being in the right place at the right time keeps changing their lives with the start of each new day. I thought this would be a fun lighthearted tale but it took a different turn and that in and of itself turned this into a much more interesting read.
I am a fan of the work we see on the interiors here. The linework we see is really nice and through how the varying weights are being utilised to bring about the attention to detail that we see is fantastic. Also we see various techniques utilised as well which harkens back to the classic ages of comics which to me is fabulous. I adore that this retains it’s all-ages appearance and yet has so much detail as well. The way we see backgrounds being utilised throughout this book is stupendous! How we see them work within the composition of the panels to bring about the depth perception, sense of scale and that overall sense of size and scope to the book. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show such a talented eye for storytelling. The colour work is truly gorgeous! Of course there’s the effects that surround what Chip does but the rest also has these really great vibrant colours and the hues and tones within them creating the shading, highlights and shadow work. This really enhances what we see in the linework to create something visually wondrous.
Everything that we see here and how the different layers are leading folks in directions that may or may not merge is exceptionally well done. When you add into this mix children who are outsiders, loners or just don’t seem to fit the societal norm you are essentially creating a powder keg waiting for something to give off a spark. I am ready to grab a package of matches and see what happens when it all explodes. These folks have created something that continually evolves and leaves you breathless with anticipation.