Saturday, July 14, 2018

Isola #4 Review


Written by: Brenden Fletcher / Karl Kerschl
Art by: Karl Kerschl
Colors by: Msassyk
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar
Published by: Image

Publication date: 11 July 2018 

To date this book has been an exercise in mystery wrapped in beautiful art. I was reading something the other day which cast question upon whether the high standard of art in many modern comic books was compatible with the monthly timetabling of most comics. This is the type of book that the writer had in mind no doubt. The art in this series is so intricate that it is almost counter-intuitive to the pop culture assumptions around comic books. Let's see how the beautiful art sits alongside the latest narrative developments. 

So this is the first issue in the series so far that really moves at a fast clip. This couples the beautiful art work with an inclination to keep turning the pages to see what happens next. Now that fact has a lot to do with the layers of mystery built up in the first three dreamlike issues. At this point we are really hungry for background detail and we get it in spades in this issue, before moving onto a faced pace closing set in the contemporary events within the series. 

The art is just exquisite yet again. I mean there is great comic book art, and there is art that looks like individual cells from a classic Disney production. It is absolutely stellar art in this book, and it is great to get a hard copy as Image make sure their output is printed on high stock paper. The sheer personality and emotion displayed through the work is remarkable. I really can't praise the art enough. 

Bits and pieces

Stellar art, now infused with a really fast narrative drive, if this series was white hot before now it just got hotter. Questions abound about quality and editorial standards in some of the big comic books out there at the moment. None of those concerns are founded in relation to a publication such as this. High end, high quality. On course for the comic of the year in this reviewer's eyes. 


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