Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Maurizio Rosenzweig
Release Date: 11th March, 2015 (Digital Exclusive)
Dark Horse has made an interesting decision with this issue – it’s moved to digital exclusive (along with a number of other creator-owned titles). This is a gamble: on the one hand, there’s no bookstand-browsing pickup to be had, but on the other, it reduces the overheads considerably and allows them to continue to publish what is arguably a niche title. As someone who almost exclusively reads single-issue comics digitally, I applaud this (although I do like to see collected editions as published trades), and it seems a wise move on the part of Dark Horse for taking forward the industry.
Anyway, the comic itself. Ambitiously, there’s very little about the main character Jericho Way in this issue: it becomes much more about the remaining members of the 7 (each of the main characters being representative of part of the Egyptian soul). The stylised art of Rosenweig continues to impress; whilst perhaps not to everyone’s taste, it fits the narrative well with interesting panelling and framing offsetting the character art (which has to preserve the style of each individual face across the millennia).
The heist, to recover the ancient Ushabti (funery figurines) and prevent the monomaniacal High Priest of the past continue his reign across the ages, is still on, but looks in jeopardy with an excellent twist that I just plain didn’t see coming. Kudos to the always excellent Fred Van Lente there, because we get an expected surprise that’s all to satisfying in this issue and to match it so well with the unexpected is the icing on the cake.
I’m greatly enjoying this comic; it’s not an entry level issue really, though, which is a shame as for the transition to digital I think that perhaps it would benefit from being more accessible – but needs must. Still a great yarn that I look forward to continuing on through its new medium.
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