Review: Heavy #4 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Max Bemis
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Colorist: Cris Peter
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 1/12/2021

Every month Heavy gets better and better with issue #4 leaving me gasping by the end.

PLOT AND STORY 

You know that feeling when a multiversal army attacks you on the front lawn of the White House and forces you to decide whether or not to nuke an entire dimension? No? Never happened to you? 

Well, it’s happening to Bill in Heavy #4. To be honest, though, I really just want to know if Bill and his life-long-arch-nemesis-turned-partner, Slim, resolve their sexual tension…or just end up shooting each other in the face with bazookas.

Max Bemis is creating a story here which takes you in one direction and then with the turn of a page completely flips it on its head and I am loving every bit of it. Bill and Slim have this love hate relationship which is so incredibly fun to read that it almost distracts you from the ongoing story which hits you even harder when something significant happens.

This issue takes a major shift in direction towards the end completely blowing me away. Being able to sneak attack the audience the way Bemis has this week is a stroke of genius.

ARTWORK

What can I say about artist Eryk Donovan, colourist Cris Peter and letterer Taylor Esposito that I haven’t already said? Not much, so I will repeat some of my previous praise towards these talented individuals who make a fantastic creative team.

Eryk Donovan creates interesting and realistic characters and is a master at facial expressions giving Slim that devilish smile you can’t help but grin at.

Cris Peter adds a colour scheme which elevates the book into a fantasy story by its sharp, bold and sometimes over the top colour explosions.

I think Taylor Esposito is some kind of psychic because he knows exactly where my eyes are going with the story and puts his words exactly where I want them.

The stand out page for me in this issue sits towards the end when a page is heavily littered with swear words. It stands out purely because of its humor and what the actual words are. I would love to know who on the team came up with all these sayings or if it was a collective effort?

FINAL THOUGHTS 

I voted Heavy as my favourite comic from 2020 and it hasn’t let me down with the first issue of 2021. Possibly the funniest issue so far with also some of the biggest shifts in tone and direction. Heavy is a graphic comic series with great characters, dazzling art and brings something new to every issue.

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

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