Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: John J. Hill
On Sale: 31/03/2021
As Ellie gets closer to reuniting Ava with her parents the war finally catches up with them in the penultimate issue.
PLOT AND STORY
This felt like a very quick and brief issue as not a lot happened and the story flies by with pages of glorious artwork. Ellie and her new comic book heroes make a push towards the dome with a new plan to get inside. Their plans are thwarted before they even start by an incoming attack by the military and then a confrontation with the Amalgams, monsters engineered from powerhouse prisons.
Donny Cates has built a slow burning story with bursts of fast paced action. As the penultimate issue we are left on a cliffhanger with multiple questions going into the final issue next month.
This is where the money will be earnt this issue with 20 pages of stunning comic book art. The varying characters with different complexions based on their origin and a few page filling battle sequences.
The real stand out pages of this issue are towards the end when Ellie is bestowed the power of all seeing and hearing. The way this is drawn with Ellie stood upon comic book strips is nothing short of genius. Geoff Shaw and Dee Cunniffe have created an artistically stunning series while this issue is as good as it gets.
John J.Hall is also firing on all cylinders with this issue providing multiple variations of speech bubbles and colours.
While I found this issue to be slightly lacking in story it completely makes up for it with the artwork. We do push things slightly forward while being left with many unanswered questions yet setting things up nicely for the final issue of the Kids Love Chains story.
I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Image Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images and artwork are courtesy of Image Comics and their respective owners.