Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Rick Remender
Artwork: Jerome Opeña, Matt Hollingsworth
Release Date: 28 December, 2016
Adam Osidis doesn’t want to die, but he made a mistake. He listened to the Mud King’s offer. Now he is being torn apart by it and contemplating turning his back on his newfound Mosak Knight companions and bending the knee. If he takes the Mud King’s offer, he will live, even though he will betray everything he believes in.
This forth issue sees us on the road with Adam and the remaining Mosak Knights. It has been over a week since they captured the Mud King and no one has been brave enough to face him, even with all the magical wards in place to prevent the power of his whispers.
As it turns out, they were wise to keep him locked away in his own filth, for as soon as he is released to take some food, he starts to undermine the group with his salacious words, leading to confrontation and later, one member of the travelling circus dead.
Remender is doing a fantastic job with this book. He is building a world with wide and varied factions, and is doing so with verve, vigour and gravitas. For all of his world building however, he is also telling a tight and taught personal tale of what will one good man do when presented with his heart’s desire. Whatever Adam does as he wrestles with his conscience, it will have a knock-on effect for the whole world, and I love it, on every level. Every speech bubble contains something of significance, not one word is wasted.
Opeña’s art is still magnificent. Ethereal and otherworldly, yet gritty and grounded. He does the mundane just as beautifully as the majestic. Needless to say, Matt Hollingsworth’s colours really help bring Opeña’s work to life.
If I had to find one fault in this comic book? The next issue isn’t until March 2017.
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The writer of this piece was: John Wallace
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