Damsels #10 Review

This mystical yarn continues, but is there enough left to keep an audience?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

As the Compact armies battle their way through an uncharted, primeval swamp, Rapa and Heinrich learn more about their uninvited travelling companions, the unlikely siblings Snežana and Ash. Everyone has a story to tell, and some dark secrets are best kept quiet!

In a franchise that has seen some notable points, I have to say I was very impressed with this latest issue.  Not only does the creative team continue their narrative but they also use it to delve into some personal issues that are certainly at the center of this property.  To sum it up: in my humble opinion this was easily their best work to date.

Leah Moore and John Reppion pen the script together and with the inclusion of new threats and allies they’ve expanded this world in ways befitting their original intentions.  In this outing they focus on two specific journeys, one that’s devoured in peril and the other lost in a family yarn.  What struck me the most was the authors and their ability to balance both paths without sacrificing natural progression.  Everything felt in sync from the first page to the final panel.  On a personal note the story of Snežana and Ash was moving, in ways that I honestly did not expect.  So much so that even without the action the comic is still more than worthy.

The art by Aneke also hits a remarkable level, as the skillful illustrator commands two distinct situations while balancing out a growing cast of characters.  As soon as you open up this release the amount of care take by the talent becomes quite apparent, as a steady level of detail births a vision that complements the text.  I was compelled by the innate emotional nuances that sold each expression in a land full of players that are simply beyond what we would consider normal or human.

Damsels #10 is a without a doubt a superb outing that delivers on so many levels. Highly recommended.


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