The Sheriff of Babylon #3
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mitch Gerads
I’m well aware that I’ve described this book as being highly cinematic in the past, but this issue takes it to a level that makes me want to credit Tom King as “screenwriter” and Mitch Gerads as “director.” On that note, Gerads amazed me, as he likely will you, as soon as the second page where he provides an impressive grid of images, each with a unique face and expression. That’s the mark of a master comic book artist.
Also in this issue, King captures how complicated and frustrating a murder investigation must be. Add dynamite political intrigue to the mix and you have a recipe for success. There was never a dull moment in this wildly, yet delightfully, unpredictable installment. In my opinion, it’s the best issue of the series to date. Keep ’em coming, guys.
Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Mike Dowling
The first three issues, as good as they were, were seemingly appetizers because this is truly where things start to get f***ed up. Rob Williams and Mike Dowling have identified many subtle levels of what can be described as “disturbing” and manage to hit each one. The characters we have come to love and hate are further fleshed out as their collective world becomes evermore complicated. This issue caps off a great week for Vertigo and comics and general.
And am I the only one who is vaguely reminded of the tally that ends each episode of 2 Broke Girls when I see how many of the 140 are left at the end of an issue?