Review: Heavy #3 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Max Bemis
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Colorist: Cris Peter
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 12/2/2020

Heavy is a stand out series for 2020 and continues to get better and better with every issue.

PLOT AND STORY

When Bill and Slim’s next job brings them face to face with a Heavy gone rogue, Bill starts to realise that the Big Wait might not be everything it claims to be. 

The story during this issue takes a twist I never saw coming and steps up the crazy to a level I can’t equate. Max Bemis is a writer who doesn’t shy away from pushing things to the limit as was evident when he wrote books like Centipede, Oh, Killstreak and Foolkiller. I am absolutely loving the relationship between Bill and Slim, in particular the way they shift from hating each other, to tolerating each other, to almost liking each other before moving back to hating each other.

ARTWORK

Heavy is a series I can’t decide if I like the story so much it enhances the art or if it’s the art I like so much it makes the story better. I think in all honesty it’s the fact that the story and artwork are both equally as brilliant it creates an awesome end product. 

Eryk Donovan’s art with Cris Peter’s colours is like looking at a comic book in high definition. Every panel is clear, crisp, detailed and graphic to a limit you enjoy reading without taking it too far. In every issue it’s still the facial expressions Bill and Slim pull at each other which make me laugh the most and I can’t think of a better artist than Eryk Donovan right now at drawing expressions. 

Taylor Esposito is a letterer whose name alone can sell me on a comic these days. I first became a fan of Esposito when reading the comic Jupiter Jet and have always kept an eye on books I see his name on. Often the forgotten and underappreciated part of the creative team but I genuinely appreciate and respect the work that goes into giving the reader the story without distracting from the art and this is a skill Esposito has mastered. 

FINAL THOUGHTS 

I have nothing but praise for this series and will continue to recommend Heavy to anyone that will listen. A story which grips you, engages you and intrigues you about what’s next with beautiful art.

I read this via an advance copy issued by Vault comics and received no incentive to review this comic.

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