Andy Diggle’s Uncanny reaches the conclusion of its first six-part arc here with an issue that answers a few of the series’ many outstanding questions, but manages to raise even more in the process.
With Deacon Styles leading a one-man assault on Cadre’s compound, and both Weaver and Maggie continuing to suffer at the hands of the ongoing experimentation, tension is definitely running high throughout this issue. It’s clear however that Diggle is playing the long game with this series, providing all manner of hints, tidbits and shocking reveals at an almost frenetic pace, but managing to never lose track of the ‘here and now’ in the process.
Aaron Campbell continues his knack for cinematic storytelling here with the artwork, particularly during the action sequences, and his depiction of Deacon’s assault is nothing less than chilling as he revels in displaying the disturbing power of this enigmatic character. His realistic style is basic but expressive, and he shows a genuine gift for creating dynamic, emotive characters without having to resort to caricatures.
There’s something truly appealing to me about this series, due in no small to its realistic approach. The powers of the ‘Specials’ are all understated in their own way (no flashing lasers or trails of fire here), and the complex, multi-layered story would prove to be just as compelling even without the super-powered additions.
With the trade paperback collecting the first six issues due out on the 26th of February, I really can’t recommend this series enough to new readers. This is well worth picking up for an immersive, exciting and creative title that’s all but guaranteed to hook you from the very first issue.
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The writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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