Review: Radiant Black #4 (Image Comics)

Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Becca Carey
On Sale: 19th May 2021

Radiant Black returns to form with a move I didn’t see coming and may shock a few readers. 

PLOT AND STORY 

I was quite critical of last month’s issue because I felt the story didn’t progress. That has been well and truly correct in issue #4 as the story takes the biggest shift in direction to date. Kyle Higgins did an amazing job with the opening two issues serving as a close to perfect origin story. Issue #3 took a drastic dive as we watched Nathan sit at a computer attempting to write his novel. This new issue titled ‘Everything changes’ lived up to that name. Our mystery red villain returns, Nathan attempts to understand his powers while the appearance of a mystery sentient robotic character offers up more questions than answers.

ARTWORK 

This is a comic with a very modern style. Every page is clean and tidy in an almost photographic type image. Marcelo Costa structures panels with quite a minimalistic style which enhances the characters and draws the readers eyes to the important parts. Rod Fernandes is credited as colour assistant on this issue so I’m not sure exactly how much of the colouring is by Costa or Fernandes but this issue has a few pages early on in a cosmic setting and they are simply striking. 

FINAL THOUGHTS 

After a rocky issue last month Radiant Black is back! This issue packs in plenty of action, character development and plot twists nobody will predict coming. This issue has me back pumped to see how this story unravels. 

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.

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