Sunday, July 8, 2018

Death or Glory #3 Review

Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd

Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Bengal
Letterer: Russ Wooton
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 4 July 2018

The last issue of this series left me shaken and stirred. I have to say that on the basis of the first issue, with its stylish leanings I hadn't envisaged the series heading off in that extremely violent direction. So I was intrigued as to where issue 3 would take us, would the extreme directional changes continue or would this title level out? Don't bet on the latter, let's roll.

Well, the first observation to make is that Remender pitches this issue at us in a completely different direction again. We get a dense, very narrative driven structure to this issue. The opening third is based around quite a detailed background story to Glory and Red, how they got to be where they are, their family life, and why their freedom is maybe just another word for nuthin' left to lose. Oh, and we get a Skynrd Freebird reference thrown in which is great. The writing is good, poignant and touching. Very impressive. Then it moves on to the present moment, picking up where the last issue left off and then ratcheting up the madness even more. If the last issue had you curling your toes then this one will too. It sure isn't for the faint-hearted.

Artwise it is a different set up to what has gone before too. The sun-kissed spreads have gone to a large extent. The opening pages have a very, very structured look about them with horizontal panels tapered off with Remender's text. Then as that backstory element falls away we get a darker style as the heist/break-in element of the closing section plays out. The art is very effective, just as good as previous issues, but different.

Bits and Pieces:

Well, Death or Glory passes the difficult third issue test with aplomb, giving us some required background context before switching onto the contemporary action sequence of the closer. We now have the motivations behind the characters' actions and a great platform for moving forward. Top comic series continues in a strong fashion.


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