For long time fans, Elephantmen #47 is the issue that pays off your waiting, answering a few questions and generally exploring the greater back story. For new readers, its also set on the moon. Either way its pretty awesome.
The official description from Image:
“”SLEEPING PARTNERS,” Part Six
Sahara must give up her baby, before it is even born.”
As an issue, Elephantmen #47 can be approached from a few angles. If you’ve been following for a while now, you can get into it straight away. Yet, even if you’re new, this issue is very good, and very careful, at not tripping over itself. There are a couple of plots intertwined right now, yet this issue juggles and balances them all effectively, without having to look up past issues to make sense.
This is primarily down to the story and writing. Richard Starkings has crafted a careful and complex story, which comes through well. It may be simple exposition, but a simple narrative flashback to previous events (although not through the eyes of the Elephantmen themselves) re-caps the general setting and themes of the story. This bounces well with the dialogue, which keeps the story in the present. Between the two, readers have a lot of juicy information to extract and look into.
Likewise, when you’ve got a setting as rich as Elephantmen, it helps to have art that can pull it off. This issue tackles with a lot, so the art knows when to hold its own. The opening page or two are prime examples, offering detailed splash pages. Whether its a moon-base (a sci-fi staple.. who doesn’t love a moon base?) or some intricate machinery, the art meshes well with the story. Axel Medellin offers detail where its needed. There aren’t any blank backgrounds or loose shapes, everything is defined and worthy of attention. When dealing with the splash pages and larger panels, this is certainly the most notable. Previous issues have often lacked detail, but the color and art style (almost water-like in its color transitions) makes great use of the extra space and size. That said, some of the posing at the end is questionable. I won’t spoil anything, but some of the poses on the last page are laughable, rather than intimidating.
All in all, I would say this is one of the better issues. Whether new or old, any reader can pick this up and get stuck in.