Review – Uncanny #4 (Dynamite Entertainment)

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Writer: Andy Diggle
Artist: Aaron Campbell

After three issues of terrific character development and scene-setting, Uncanny finally explodes into life with this issue as we are treated to the heist we’ve been building up to. If you’ve been reading this series from the beginning, you know exactly what to expect here. Andy Diggle’s dialogue is just as sharp as ever, and Aaron Campbell continues to deliver in spades with the artwork.

One of the more intriguing aspects of this issue is the fact that, well, things don’t exactly go to plan. This isn’t some flawless, Ocean’s Eleven-style heist where the loveable rogues are always one step ahead of the people they’re trying to rob. In spite of the planning – and Weaver’s acquired skills – there’s a genuine sense that everything could fall apart at any moment (and indeed it pretty much does), giving an extra level of excitement to the proceedings as we watch the job unfold.

Diggle’s measured writing style is perfectly suited for a title like this as he manages to set the scene beautifully without seeming to waste a single word. Weaver’s narration throughout gives the whole thing a tremendously engrossing crime noir vibe, and the dialogue – as I mentioned – is pitch-perfect throughout. Aaron Campbell’s artwork also works extremely well with this book, and his gritty, grimy-looking characters and knack for movie-style action scenes give this title an extra shot in the arm.

While it may not be pushing the intriguing premise of the title as heavily as it perhaps could have (Weaver being able to absorb the abilities of others has been used fairly sparingly thus far), this is a sharply-written crime noir story with an interesting hook and, by the looks of it, the twists and turns are only going to continue as the story moves forwards. Highly recommended.

Rating: 8/10.

The writer of this piece was: 576682_510764502303144_947146289_nCraig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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