Review – Cutter #3 (Image Comics)

Cutter_03-1Publisher: Image Comics/Top Cow
Story: Robert Napton, Seamus Kevin Fahey
Art: Christian DiBari
Release Date: 15th October 2014

And so there were three. Finally, the Sheriff, Ed Morales, believes Jeremy that Emily Higgins has returned from the dead to seek revenge on those that did her wrong and after they both stumble into her lair, they find that no slight is too small for Emily to revenge. The rest of the town seem to be shut up, in hiding as Emily continues her terrifying spree.

Some truths about Emily are uncovered in this issue yet the main one – has she come back from the dead? – remains unanswered. Cleverly though, the creators don’t let it all hinge on this one mystery. Other strands are left unanswered to keep you guessing – where is Emily’s alibied sister Abby? What on earth actually happened at Prospect Creek all those years ago? And why, if everyone mentions it, is it the only incident that Emily hasn’t recorded in her ‘revenge journal’?

And then there were two.

This is a fast-paced read with artwork to match. As the story becomes more frantic so does the art work and fingerprints litter the frames. Glass covered in fingerprints, creator fingerprints in the inkiest of frames, cross-hatching and sketching going out of control – all with a measured and carefully organised hand. I really can’t recommend this read enough. It should be trite. It should be unoriginal. But it’s just not. Napton, Fahey and DiBAri know exactly what they are doing and have a clear vision of where this little town/revenge story from beyond the grave is going and they are desperate to take you with them.

Rating: 5/5.

HAZHAVThe Writer of this piece was: Hazel Hay

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