Writer: Max Bemis
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Colorist: Cris Peter
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Designer: Tim Daniel
On Sale: 12th May 2021
Finally the return of Heavy, my favourite comic series from 2020 is back and its back with a big bang.
PLOT AND STORY
Bill & Slim, your favorite afterlife dynamic duo, are back! Only now it’s Dynamic Duo + duo’s mutual ex-girlfriend/wife from an alternate universe. Plus, like, 400 dimensions worth of emotional baggage. Plus rocket launchers. Also, there are aliens. So…welcome back to HEAVY, everyone!
Max Bemis what are you doing to me?! After 5 issues feeling for Bill and completely buying into his suffering everything is taken to an even lower level of pain for Bill and I just wanted to reach into the comic and give him a big hug. The opening few pages hit me like a sledgehammer to the face but then the story takes a sharp turn into a completely new direction setting up what looks like an interesting new arc in the series. Delivering his signature cliffhanger Bemis ended this issue in a way which made me make a long ‘oooooooo’ noise.
This issue is filled from front to back with incredibly fun and dynamic artwork by Eryk Donovan. The variety of Donovan’s art in this book is very impressive when you break it down. The opening few pages have some intimate sexual and erotic scenes which leave very little to the imagination and is proof that comics can just be for adults. The pages shift to some character close up scenes on a standard 9 panel layout before opening up to large page covering splashes of intricate action sequences. This demonstrates Donovan’s incredible ability to not only create amazing looking characters but also how to structure a comic book.
Cris Peter adds bright and crisp colours in some unusual and somewhat unnatural tones which gives the whole book its science fiction vibe. The use of colour in this series is what helps differentiate the difference between a human and a humanoid alien character. I particularly enjoyed the use of yellow and green surrounding a masked villain who causes some trouble mid way through the story.
Continuing his excellent lettering work in the series is Taylor Esposito who effortlessly helps the story flow. There are a few pages towards the middle which deserve a special mention as they contain a high volume of words but are positioned in a way to not impede on the artwork and the use of different text bubbles helps the reader understand easily what is dialogue and what is internal monologue.
I was excited when this issue dropped in my inbox and I found it to be a delight and the perfect return for the series. Packed full of sex, action and drama, Heavy continues to be one of the very best comics on the shelves right now and I encourage anyone who will listen to read this series.
I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Vault Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images are artwork are courtesy of Vault Comics and their respective owners.