Saturday, May 26, 2018

Days Of Hate #5 Review

Every Picture Tells a Story

Written by Ales Kot
Drawn by Danijel Zezelj
Colored by Jordie Bellaire
Published by Image
Reviewed by: Andrew McAvoy

This is a book that has stayed consistently good through its four issues up to now. One mild concern that I have had with it is that it is a very dark book in both story and appearance. In fact, I think that the pages are a little too hard to make out at times due to the vast swathes of black silhouette. Anyway, the last issue left us on tender hooks as we saw Huan seemingly turn informant (like Eric Shea she informed) on her former partner Amanda.

So, this issue breaks with the previous format. It was a very easy read and did most of its storytelling through the art. Very little dialogue is used while retaining a clear narrative structure. The split in Zezelj and Bellaire's art is denoted by a color sequence, with 4 colors assigned to each of the plot strands. Those strands are then rotated one after the other so that we whizz through this issue in next to no time.

The effect is to give us an action movie vibe to this issue. The action moves quickly and the eye is drawn primarily to the panels which detail the progress of the swat team, which seems to be closing in on Amanda as a result of the location data which seemed to be supplied by Huan last issue. Meanwhile, the art depicts the guilt of Huan, and the preparations of Amanda and the head of intelligence in charge of operations respectively in the other panels.

Bits and Pieces:

This is a very quick read but I really did enjoy it a lot. It may be a little light if you only read a couple of comics a week. If you have a big pull list this won't bother you, and if you are reading in trade format you might be glad of the pause in the dialogue, as a change of pace. You will know what is best and what will suit you. A good issue though.


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