Review: I Walk With Monsters #3 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Sally Cantirino
Colourist: Dearbhla Kelly
Letterer: Andworld
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 10/02/2021

Closing in on The Important Man takes us on an emotional history lesson.

PLOT AND STORY 

As Jacey and David prepare to hunt The Important Man, we discover the terrible histories that shaped them. Their partnership is tested to the limit, as they prepare to sacrifice their lives. 

I Walk With Monsters has never been a straightforward monster/horror comic and issue #3 perfectly depicts how there are much scarier things in the world than monstrous creatures. Paul Cornell is unravelling an incredibly interesting multi layered story. I am invested in Jacey’s quest to track down The Important Man but find her journey to this point a sad and troubled one which makes me care more about Jacey and what the final outcome will be. 

This issue shines more focus on David’s past as we start to see a picture of the kind of person he used to be and realise why he cares so much about helping and protecting Jacey. 

ARTWORK

Artist Sally Cantrino and Colourist Dearbhla Kelly continue to create their uniquely beautiful rustic tone to the series. Some of the jagged looking panels are a perfect reflection on the emotional turmoil characters are experiencing on the page. This issue more than ever explores Jacey’s imagination and I love the way this is shown, especially towards the end of the issue when we learn about Jacey living in a foster home.

Andworld Design does a great job matching the art with lettering that keeps continuity with the tone of the series. Using a sharp, crisp, modern font would look out of place and I appreciate the almost handwritten type font used.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

I Walk With Monsters continues to be a story you don’t expect. Reading the synopsis and looking at the covers might make you think this is a two dimensional good vs evil tale of monsters and men but it’s far from that. This is a story about the true cruelties that happen in the real world by bad people and how that affects the emotional state of people. Redemption, revenge and closure are themes we explore this issue with a little monstrous rampage for good measure.

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