Absolute Comics Group 2019
Written & Lettered by Benny R. Powell
Illustrated by Iwan Nazif
Page 24 Illustrated by Jamie Tyndall
Coloured by James Brown
White Widow has reached out to the world's first super-heroine, Andromeda seeking an ally. Little does she know that Andromeda is secretly The Group's preeminent and deadly agent, Artemis - and White Widow is her number one target!
With the shocking conclusion we pick up where the last one left off. Here’s what I really like about this book, we are seeing her going through this one step at a time instead of already knowing how to use her powers and gifts. The real time way of storytelling here is fantastic and I wish we’d see more like this. Just because someone gains abilities doesn’t mean they know how to use them. It takes practise and patience to get the hang of thighs and we are seeing that here and personally I like it better this way.
I do very much like the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is amazingly strong. I love the fact that this is one big scene and it peppered with moments elsewhere that are happening in real-time as well. The character development that we see here is remarkable. Benny continues to impress me with each turn of the page as Gabby tries her best to take stock of the situation on the fly and improvises as she goes along. This is some absolutely top notch writing. The pacing here is fantastic and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way we see how all of this works together to create the books ebb & flow.
There really is something about this book that I like so very much. It is non-traditional sure but with so many different ways out there to slap a new name on a character who can be part of a so-called family. What this does is fuse with some darn fine originality. I am also a fan of the fact though a compete rank amateur that she is Gabby still manages to find a way to get out these situations alive, just barely and with a ton of luck.
The interiors here are rather lovely and while I won’t begrudge Jamie for not illustrating his co-creation I would like to see more of his work. That being said the linework we see and how the varying weights are utilised to create the detail that we see is very nicely done. I wouldn’t mind a few other techniques being utilised along with the straight up linework but I guess we do with what we’ve got. I do like that we see backgrounds as much as we do. They not only enhance the moments but they also provide some nice depth-perception, a sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the book. So what is really impressive is the colour work that we see. With one minor glitch, I think page 10 top left panel, the evening sky and Gabby’s legs where they meet the crotch are the same colour which makes for some wonky looking proportions. Still that we see so many hues and tones within the colours being utilised to show shading, highlights and shadow work it’s a beautiful feast for the eyes. Also that brickwork and building materials that we see are shading extremely well.
The more we see of the folks who want Gabby dead the more I want to see them. Sure some aren’t as bad as others and the cliffhanger ending we get this issue leaves me a tad uneasy it’ll be interesting to see where this is going to go. Also i smell revenge and jealousy covered up by Chanel #5. See if an indie company can put out a super-hero title that is both serious and hella fun, well I won’t finish that thought. Regardless this is what we need to see more of on stands.