Saturday, April 14, 2018

No. 1 With A Bullet #6 Review

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

Written by: Jacob Semahn
Art by: Jorge Corona
Colors: Jen Hickman
Publisher: Image Comics
Reviewed by: Andrew McAvoy

And now the end is near, and so we face the final curtain. Yes as old blue eyes once sang, they did it their way. This series told an original story, had a unique style of art, and had colors to blow the mind. Here's hoping that the final issue delivers on high expectations.

It does. In an era when a lot of mini-series seem to struggle with pacing, this issue was a reminder that this series bucked that trend and measured things out very well. The first few issues set up the scene nicely. There was a marked acceleration in urgency and pace in issues 3 and 4, and issue 5 and this issue brings the tale to a dramatic and enticing finale. Also, to have an issue showing the lead character choosing to delete all social media accounts on the week of Mark Zuckerberg's Senate session. Impeccable timing.

The art from Corona manages to find original looks and expressions for the characters right up to the end. I think what intrigues me most about the issue is that right until the end Corona still manages to find facial expressions that illicit horror, pity, and humor in new ways at various points. His style really connected me to the characters and allowed for a wide range of emotions to be displayed through their features.

The overall feel of the unique style of art is also a credit to Hickman; the colors in this book have been consistently eye-catching, and the opening part of this final issue (and its awesome covers!) uses some very individual styling and choices to sum up the actual and metaphysical darkness of the opening scenes. I particularly liked the page directly above - look at the dimensions to that darkness! Hello darkness my old friend!

Bits and Pieces:

There is a real sense of satisfaction when a 6 issue run just delivers, and utilizes all the parts of the comic book medium's armory so well. As that famous philosopher John "Hannibal" Smith once used to say to me in the 1980s when we spent long afternoons together in some action-packed circumstances, "I love it when a good plan comes together". A great finish to a great story.


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