Marvel Comics 2018
Written by Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum
Illustrated by Ruairi Coleman
Coloured by Giada Marchisio
Lettered by VC’s Travis Lanham
Tyrone’s attention has been diverted from his role as a super-powered police consultant alongside Tandy ever since he embarked on a whirlwind romance with a Cloak super-fan, Vi. However when the new couple pushed their luck by diving into the Darkforce Dimension to explore, they quickly found themselves out of their depth! Meanwhile, Tandy and Ikeda have been investigating a series of grisly murders that has led them into LA’s underground aqueduct system….and straight into the hands of Mr. Negative!
I cannot wait for this to be in physical form because hot diggity is this awesome! Being a fan from their first appearance onward this is like the Cubs winning the World Series, it’s about damn time they had a book that was award winning worthy. The depth of the writing here is phenomenal to see and Dennis really layers the story in ways that not only bring the characters to life but make the complexity of their lives seem both stable and disastrous all in the same moment. Well since Dennis is Hopeless no more as we have the proof in the pudding here.
I love the way that this is structured. It really does maximise the effect that the characters have and how moments that may seem trivial in fact play a much larger more important role than we expect. Also the fact that Dennis acknowledges the past and their complicated history and uses that to it’s fullest in continuing to flesh out their personalities. I am in love with this book because of the attention and understanding of the characters that Dennis seems to possess. Plus he’s taken them in a direction I don’t think we’ve seen at Marvel before and that’s official police attaché status. That Tandy is involved with the man supervising them well that’s just that so-called icing on the cake.
The Negative Man is another villain that we don’t see enough of. He’s kind of like the Purple Man that in the right hands he’s one heck of a powerful villain, case in point this story. A lot of that comes from the use of cunning and planning which can make even a D-Lister capable of beating anyone. He really has been the perfect foil for these guys here and that is a massive shout out for how he’s being utilised. Which brings me to the level of characterisation we are seeing here. That we get such a solid feel for these folks is sensational in my humble opinion. The change, growth and evolution of the characters is half of what makes this book so damn good.
The work on the interiors here is bloody marvellous. The linework is supple and how the varying weights have been utilised to bring this amazing attention to detail to life is extraordinary to see. The faces and facial expressions are something I take notice of to see how strong an artist is and Ruairi is proving he’s a force to be reckoned with. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a great eye for storytelling. I love the way backgrounds are being utilised here as well since they do wonders in fleshing out the moments and bringing a sense of size and scope to the story. The colour work here is a wow factor in and of itself. The Negative Man and how we see him, his light construct beings and the overall effect that they have on people, places and things, see light sources, is so well thought out and executed.
Digital exclusive I guess is kind of akin to the whole streaming channels in that they have the content no one else has access to. It is a shame though because not everyone can read on a digital platform, nor do many like doing so-me included. That being said this is the absolute best incarnation of Cloak and Dagger that I have ever seen and that makes my heart sing with joy.