Review – Huck #4 (Image Comics)

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Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Colourist: Dave McCaig
Release Date: 17th February, 2016

When I grow up I want to be Huck. I do. I want his simple, straightforward world view, his trusting nature and his wonderful naivety. Read Huck and you might just want to grow up to be him too. But you can’t, I “baggsied” him.

In this issue, Huck goes on a road trip with Tom to find their mother. Tom’s the guy who rocked up telling Huck he was his brother, in case you were wondering. Exposition and flashbacks are used beautifully to explore more of the mother’s history in Russia and not once are you left feeling bogged down. We get just enough to keep us wanting more. We see more of Huck’s lovely personality as he and Tom travel down the road to maternal discovery.

Three times their journey is interrupted as Huck responds to emergencies, large and small, in their way. When they get to their destination in Vermont things get REALLY interesting. Things escalate very quickly and then we get “to be continued”. TO BE CONTINUED! Why is issue five not in my hands right now? WHY?!

Okay, now that I have that out of my system, you have to believe me about this one thing above all others. Huck is, quite simply, magnificent. I honestly think that this is shaping up to be Mark Millar’s finest work. As for the art, aww man, Albuquerque and McCaig combine their art and colours to nurture Millers story, and make it truly come to life.

When (not if, when) you buy these comics, you will be buying an instant classic. Normally I try and wait until the end of at least the first story arc before I make that kind of judgment, but every issue has been of the highest standard and this one is no different. Please go buy it.

Rating: 5/5.

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The writer of this piece was: John Wallace
John Tweets from @jmwdaredevil.

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