Publisher: Brewhouse Comics
Writer: Joshua S. Henaman
Artist: Andy Taylor
Colourist: Tamra Bonvillain
After what seems like an unbearably long wait following the emotional gut-punch of a cliff-hanger that issue five ended on, the final instalment of Brewhouse Comics Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman is finally here. A series that started slowly before gradually building into something truly memorable, this issue serves as a dizzying crescendo of violence and retribution, and proves without a shadow of a doubt that artist Andy Taylor is a name you’re going to be hearing a lot more from in the future.
It’s difficult to delve much into the content of this final issue without spoiling what has come before, but suffice to say that we are treated here to a brutal back-and-forth battle that is both epic in scale and filled to the brim with emotion. The dialogue remains sparse for the most part, leaving the focus of the issue squarely in the confident hands of Taylor. And boy does he deliver. Every panel is filled with frenzied energy, and you can almost feel the crunching of bone as these two larger-than-life characters go blow for blow.
While basing almost the entirety of an issue around a fight scene can be a risky proposition, the strong emotional investment we have in the conflict as a result of the previous issues’ set-up makes everything flow effortlessly, and watching the vengeful Earthman in full swing after his relatively restrained demeanour during the first five issues is truly a thing of beauty.
Credit must also be paid to the fantastic colour work here, with the trademark pinks and oranges of the Mars backdrop being painted red by the crimson spurts of the conflict. Restrained without being dull, bright without being garish, Tamra Bonvillain’s work here serves as the delicious cherry on this truly mouth-watering sundae.
As with all great finales, however, Henaman makes sure to leave things open for the potential sequel, sowing the seeds for a greater conflict to come, while heaping even more potential turmoil onto the exhausted shoulders of our hero. I find myself reading a lot of small press comics as part of the Big Comic Page, but Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman is undoubtedly one of the most polished offerings to have come across my desk in quite some time. Creative, emotional, dynamic and – above all else – utterly, utterly gorgeous. This one is highly recommended, folks.
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You can buy this issue (along with the previous five), as well as keep up to date on future developments in this hopefully ongoing series, at the Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman blog. Make sure you’re also following them on Facebook, too. You won’t regret it.
The writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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