BlackAcre #8 Review

As this saga continues to spin its yarn, is there enough left to keep the attention of impassioned fans?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Image Comics:

On one side of the wall, harsh reality pushes an embattled visionary to the point of no return. On the other, strange fate presents an anguished victim with the perfect opportunity for revenge.

To be honest when I first began covering this series I had a lot of hope for its absurd but compelling quandaries.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but the core of these almost eccentric festivities had enough to, at least, peak my interest.  Now as we enter the eighth issue this sprawling journey full of political and religious intrigue reaches a rather fascinating crossroads.

The script by Duffy Boudreau moves things far enough to keep the audience invested in this complicated world.  That may sound like the writer does the bare minimum, and in some respects he does, but in hindsight it’s painfully obvious that he has to.   The scribe strategically and organically progresses things toward what may be somewhat predictable but nonetheless worthwhile sets of interactions that are sure to shape the franchise as it goes forward.  Some of the dialogue choices found in this release are questionable at best but trust me when I tell you these hiccups did little to sully the work on display.

Wendell Cavalcanti handles the art and his style perfectly matches the tone that this series is striving to reach.  The tendencies therein may be a bit of a turn off to some, but to me I find his sturdy pencil strokes and lightly detailed characters to be an invite to properties that embrace the insanity of predicting a perilous future for mankind.  There were some instances where faces seemed a bit misshapen as the illustrator tried to squeeze them into some awkward panel choices but these did little to ruin the elements of the visual experience.

BlackAcre #8 is a good comic that has a few scuffs to its name, but nonetheless earns a recommendation from me.


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