Avatar Press 2019
Written by Pat Shand
Illustrated by Daniel Gete
Coloured by Juan Rodriguez
Lettered by Kurt Hathaway
The undead horror returns, and now unleashed in America in double-sized issues! With her partner dead, Sheriff Kat Noble has to face the unkillable creatures on her own! She’s stumbled into the makings of the ultimate terror plot – Stitched loose in the streets of the USA!
So this issue picks up where the last one left off with Sheriff Kat in the thick of it and having to fight these Stitched and figure out a way to stay alive. I am really impressed with how Pat has structured this book as he inserts the horror element beautifully with the mystery of who they are, what they are doing here and how can they be stopped. It really reads like it’s some kind of horror/thriller you’d see in the theatre. The opening is utterly sensational as Kat finds a way to get through this encounter and I have to say that I like the way her mind works. Pat brings a very nice intelligence to the story and the characters making this so much more than a simple slasher epic.
I love seeing just how committed and willing Kat is to do whatever she needs to without really thinking twice about it. If you pay attention to her and you see how she handles things, acts and reacts to all that is hitting her like a whirlwind then you see the level of characterisation that has been put into this. It isn’t just Kat either we get to see this level from every character that we meet as well. These women who are terrorists they may be harder to read, personality wise, but over all we understand them through their actions just not a clue what made them this way. That too is something that makes me to keep coming back because I have that crazy desire to know these things.
On a personal note I understand this Avatar and that the women being naked and seen having sex with one another is great but just once I would like to see men in these situations. In this day and age equality for all and naked men having anal and oral with one another isn’t gonna kill anyone and to see women munching is great as a matter of fact but let’s not stick to a predictable type.
Speaking of I adore the interior artwork here. Daniel has this stellar eye for storytelling and his linework shows a sure and steady hand. The utilisation of the varying weights to create this level of attention to detail blows my mind. I mean that script she has going up her arm is impeccable to see and then there is the consistency in where we see it. The quality of the work here is bloody brilliant and stupendous to see. Also for your consideration as the backgrounds guy I have to say that there’s a nice use of them here while I would like more of them they are utilised extremely well. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show off this stellar eye for storytelling. The colour work here is exceptional as well. I love how it’s utilised to show off body structure and then there’s the clothing and instead of colour blocking we get some magnificent colour gradation. Plus seeing the blood and it’s shades and shading is beautifully done.
With the way that we see the story unfold through it’s story & plot development with this amazing pacing and then the character development is amazingly well done. Then add into the mix the Grimoire and we get more than a simple story we get a complete experience. Avatar never ceases to amaze me with the quality of work they put out. They have been one of my go to companies for a very long time now and I am thrilled to say they still are.