Review: Shadow Service #9 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Corin Howell
Colorist: Triona Farell
Letterer: Andworld Design
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 23rd June 2021

Things get very dark and very bloody in a gripping penultimate issue.

PLOT AND STORY 

The truth below! With Gina at her mercy, Lady Yastrik comes face-to-face with a terror she never imagined existed. An MI666 agent has been pushed too far and all hell is about to be let loose. Quite literally!

This was one of those issues you read through so quickly you think it’s missing some pages. From start to finish this issue is bang bang bang with action and suspense. Cavan Scott structures the story by telling the reader that something bad is coming, building up that suspense and leaving it till the final page before anything is revealed. Layered within that are some very pivotal moments making this one eventful issue which doesn’t allow you to process things until you put it down, only to pick it straight back up and want to read it again.

ARTWORK

Issue #9 presents one of the most graphic of the series with some stunningly horrific creatures and plenty of blood. The combination of Corin Howell’s art with Triona Farrell’s colours continue to combine brilliantly like two beautiful wings of a butterfly flapping in unison to elegantly flutter from one plant to another. Somehow in every issue the creatures get a little bit scarier and every bit original like in this issue when we see Lady Yastrik’s true form.

Lettering from Andworld Design plays an integral role in the flow of the story. I particularly like the use of the different styles and colours at certain points of the story to differentiate who is speaking and in what capacity. 

FINAL THOUGHTS 

Having read and reviewed this series from the first issue I’m pleased to see how much the story has grown. What once seemed like a simple story about witchcraft has blown up into a full out war between Angels and Demons and this issue is the full amalgamation of that development. 

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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