Vertigo Roundup: The Sheriff of Babylon #4

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Writer: Tom King

Artist: Mitch Gerads

This issue kicks off with with an exquisitely drawn telling of the story of Saffiya. I applaud Mitch Gerads for providing something that looks drastically different from what we see in the bulk of the story. He continues to amaze me month after month.

Things are slowed down a bit in this particular issue, but Tom King is such a master of his craft that you won’t mind it in the slightest. The interpersonal relationships between the characters are as riveting as ever and there are even a few bits of humor injected.

King has shown us how complicated these characters – and the region as a whole – are over the course of the past few issues. If his real life experiences were even a tenth of how intense this read is, I’m not ashamed to say the man has my respect. Just wait until you see the final panel – you will lament the month long wait until the next issue.

Over the past few months, I’ve been touting Jacked as my absolute favorite Vertigo title. It’s getting so hard for it to retain its throne. The Sheriff of Babylon is just so damn good that I now find them to be neck and neck.


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