Boom! Studios 2016
Written by Kurt Sutter & Caitlin Kittredge
Illustrated by Jesus Hervas
Coloured by Adam Metcalfe
Lettered by Jim Campbell
We’ve seen Lucas go through a lot in the first four issues and and the best is still yet to come with one more issue to go. This issue we see a lot happen with Lucas and a few things that are explained that really go a long way in where Lucas is going to go next. The characterisation here has been exceptionally well done and the story advancement, the pacing, is really nice to see.
Lucas is in this time period with Alicia and she’s a soulless being herself one who is out for herself and a lot of who she is comes through thanks to Jesus and Adam’s work. There’s this definite look in her face and her facial expressions that really speaks volumes. Not to mention the fact that while the pair are out and find a dead starlet her actions. I mean she’s really gruesome and cold there’s very little humanity in her and that’s from working for their “employer” for so long.
Jesus eye for storytelling here is fantastic. I am very much enjoying how the book flows through page layouts with the use of angles and perspective. The colouring is wonderfully done to accentuate the work. The emotion and feeling that comes off the pages is perfectly suited for the story at hand. I enjoy seeing his backgrounds in play they do a lot to flesh out those moments we see them and tell the bigger picture.
They’ve been in Hollywood looking for a Tempter and all they’ve managed to find are its victims. It’s gotta be frustrating to be on a case and getting nowhere but then they are hunting someone or something that doesn’t want to be found and it knows it’s being hunted so things of course aren’t going to be easy. I have to say even though it’s kind of background I like the job Lucas has taken and the depiction of old Hollywood. It’s the place dreams are created or killed right and it was ruthless back then so no it’s no wonder there isn’t a shortage of victims for this Tempter.
There are a few things that happen this issue that start to change the way Lucas sees what he’s doing. One is the return of an old friend, the Indian Dedham, who we last saw in the Deadwood adventure. Only now he shows his age but still it’s nice to see a familiar face who does the same kind of work he does but for totally different reasons. He’s a mysterious character and while we learn a thing or two about him that leaves more open that we want to know. Kurt and Cait have really created a fascinating world here that has the potential for so much over the years.
The other thing is we start to see the bigger the picture Gadrel is painting here. How he’s using Lucas to clear a path of those that could/would potentially stand in his way. Altruism isn’t exactly in a demons nature after all and saving the timeline well that only works when you have plans for those events to play out a certain way. So when the big fight comes this issue it’s really a question of what does Lucas stand for and is he willing to be someone’s pawn in a game he doesn’t know he’s playing. It’s a risky move and I have to say the course of events that unfold here are spectacular. The ramifications of what’s happening well that’ll play out next issue but for now i’m thrilled with how many layers and the complexity of this story that we’re getting.