Review: Resonant #8 (Vault Comics)

Writer: David Andry
Artist: Skylar Patridge
Colourist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 3/3/2021

A tale of two stories as things are looking up for Paxton but worse for his kids in the best issue of Resonant so far.

PLOT AND STORY 

Shipwrecked, Paxton and Fern search for their companions. What they find is a seemingly miraculous haven from the waves. After abandoning the family to Maw and Preacher, the kids, along with Sarah, regroup and begin to formulate a plan to take back their home. 

I had to read this issue twice in a row because I enjoyed it that much. Well done David Andry in bringing us on this journey. The way this issue builds up the suspense with Paxton as he stumbles his way around after washing a shore is complimented perfectly with the symmetry of his kids’ more perilous journey. Reading this issue gave me strong Walking Dead vibes blended with the strangeness of Lost.

ARTWORK 

This issue takes on a much brighter tone which enhances the story as things start to look better for Paxton. Even the pages with the kids take a lighter shade to show they aren’t in immediate danger. 

I am a huge fan of Skylar Patridge’s style on this series, especially the way she creates scenery without cramming it full of detail but still manages to make everything look complete. There are two panels on this issue which really stood out and they were both relating to buildings. Firstly when Paxton first discovers a building called the Spiral and the second when the kids find a church. The buildings are brilliantly drawn but it’s the whole panel with its surroundings that look like they should be framed and hanging on a wall.

Jason Wordie’s colours also deserve as much praise as Patridge’s art and the two make a perfect pair. Wordie stood out in one particular panel in this issue when Paxton finds his missing friends. The way they are engulfed in the orange sun from behind them looks almost angelic and really helps the emotional impact of the story. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

This has been my favourite issue of the whole series packing suspense, mystery, fear and surprise into the story. Brilliant storytelling, executed to perfection with wonderful artwork. This issue especially highlights why fans of The Walking Dead or Y: The Last Man will love Resonant. 

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

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