Review: The Autumnal #4 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Daniel Kraus
Artist: Chris Shehan
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 13/01/2020

Welcome back to Comfort Notch as this issue we discover some of the mystery surrounding this idyllic town.

PLOT AND STORY

One of the best things about reading comic books is when you arrive at the issue when everything falls into place. That is issue #4 for The Autumnal as the slow burn Daniel Kraus has been building bursts into life. Kraus has expertly built the suspense throughout this series and creates one moment in particular this issue that completely shook me. 

This issue explains some of the mystery surrounding Comfort Notch and its residents obsession with raking up leaves. It doesn’t give us all the answers but it puts previous encounters of Kat’s into perspective. What I’m wondering now is, was it safer not knowing the mystery? I’m very keen but also very nervous to see what’s next for Kat and her daughter.

ARTWORK 

I say this every issue but The Autumnal is beautiful. Its unique style drawn by Chris Shehan with pale pastel colours by Jason Wordie gives every page a somewhat ominous vibe. This is something which completely enhances the story as we have slowly built towards some big reveals in this issue.

Standing out in this issue is a 5 page sequence showing a retelling of a story from long ago. The settings and surroundings create what you think 1815 would look like but I loved how these pages took a much rougher look. This made me realise that this is someone’s attempt at telling someone else’s story rather than a perfect reenactment. The way this is drawn tells me that what is being said might not actually be true and it’s something that will stick with me throughout the rest of the series.

Jim Campbell once again on letters who structures a dialogue heavy issue perfectly. I particularly liked the subtle change from bubble to squared dialogue boxes in the different time zones.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

This is the issue I have been waiting for. Some answers are given while new questions are asked. As a series this has not been your typical horror, more a suspenseful drama but this issue certainly stepped up the fights as some gruesome details about the past are revealed. 

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

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