Review: The Autumnal #7 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Daniel Kraus
Artist: Chris Shehan
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Jim Campbell 
Designer: Tim Daniel
On Sale: 19th May 2021

The Autumnal Society has found its sapling in the series penultimate issue.

PLOT AND STORY 

As Kat and Sybil are led into the town’s darkest, hungriest belly, gruesome truths are revealed that upend everything we knew about Comfort Notch.

This is the issue I have been waiting for, the issue that tells me I’m not imagining everything and that something very wrong is going on at Comfort Notch. But damn you Daniel Kraus for leaving things on such a cliffhanger, I need to know how this story ends. Kraus beautifully crafted a slow burning thriller in this series by teasing and hinting possible truths surrounding Comfort Notch and this issue reveals much of the secrets but not quite everything so I’m expecting some further twists in the final issue.

ARTWORK 

The Autumnal has been such a stunning series which might have received some Ringo Awards nominations from a certain reviewer! This issue perfectly encapsulates why this series stands out with it’s close up character panels packed full of emotion and it’s dark and harrowing panels demonstrating how some of the scariest things out there are what you can’t see in the dark.

What always stands out for me about Chris Shehan’s art is how well he draws people. At times certain pages look like photographs and this is why you can easily understand exactly what the characters are feeling.

One of the most consistent colour artists over the last couple of years Jason Wordie brings so much life to his work. If Jason doesn’t win a Ringo this year for his work on Autumnal or another Vault comic Resonant then it will be a travesty. This issue in particular displays something Wordie does so well which is his use of unconventional colour. With dark orange and green moonlit skies in the wrong hands might look odd but has helped define the style and tone of this series.

Jim Campbell again with the lettering which helps the story flow. This issue has a lot of group chanting and singing words which I’m not sure was Campbell or Shehan but they blend very well into the pages.

FINAL THOUGHTS

As the penultimate issue it did exactly what I wanted by pushing the story almost to conclusion without quite revealing everything and leaving things on a very tense cliffhanger. I will be sad to see this series end but it has been an enjoyable yet chilling adventure. 

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Vault Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images and artwork are courtesy of Vault comics and their respective owners.

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