Review: Resonant #6 (Vault Comics)

Writer: David Andry
Artist: Skylar Patridge
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 12/16/2020

It’s been just over a year but Resonant is back with a bang.

PLOT AND STORY 

Volume one which collects issues 1-5 is available and to get people up to speed here is the synopsis. 

“A decade has passed since the first waves hit, unleashing humanity’s darkest impulses and plunging the world into chaos. Paxton, a single father of three, must venture from his secluded heaven they’ve built to restock the medicine his chronically-ill youngest son needs to survive. When the somewhat routine trip goes awry, Paxton and his children – now separated – will battle everything in their path to reunite.”

Issue six picks things up from issue five and feels like it’s never been away. Paxton, Claire, and Miki enact their plan to escape Honcho’s island, but they won’t get away without a fight! The arrival of Preacher, Maw, and their followers interrupts Ty’s new life with the Congregation, while Bec struggles to protect the family homestead from other hungry visitors.

David Andry has built a unique post-apocalyptic world with Resonant. Set in a Mad Max type world where around every corner you discover something crazy but centred on a story about family and a parents drive to do whatever it takes to protect their children.

ARTWORK

As I make my way through the pages I can’t help but compare to Yanick Paquette’s run on Swamp Thing or a coloured version of The Walking Dead by Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard.

Skylar Patridge crams as much detail as possible into each and every panel almost like it seems a waste to leave any space, whether it be crashing waves in the distance or atmospheric weather in the sky. 

Creating the dark and bleak settings perfectly is Jason Wordie with colours which make every page look like a watercolour portrait. There are strong red and purple colours depicting the tones in different locations. I particularly liked the final page with a rare bright orange tone giving the reader a sense of warmth of optimism. 

Deron Bennett rounding out the creative time with precise, well placed lettering.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

Resonant is a comic for people who like dystopian futures or post-apocalyptic type settings. Touches of horror and gore fill the pages in a story grounded in morality and realism. 

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

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