Nightworld 3 cover

Nightworld #3 Review

Nightworld 3 cover

Nightworld 3 coverAh, the penultimate issue… Nightworld #3 marks the third installment in a so-far very unique series. Can this issue do enough to build up the hype for a big finale?

The official description from Image:

Lost soul Plenilunio glimpses heaven from his private hell, while Hellena’s dragonoid hordes surround the castle of Ludmilla & Lowe. See Hotspot and Plenilunio in all-out metaphysical fisticuffs! See the tragic origin of Hellena! See the runaway hotrod to hell hurtle toward its first arc’s worldshaking conclusion!

Straight away, this issue hits up all the hallmarks that the previous two installments did. Nightworld #3 opens with gloom and doom, offers some gothic overtones and the kicks into some high gear action. It more or less gives you everything you want, all the while driving the plot along at a reasonably fast pace.

In terms of writing, the language might put some people off. Adam McGovern juxtaposes old, traditional English dialogue with references to the modern world – such as “facebook”. While I like the quirky atmosphere it creates, the extensive references almost bring me out of the experience. Aside from that, McGovern writes some solid action and, generally offers enough to keep things moving, without being too obvious in its direction.

Similarly, this issue keeps up the unique visual approach that Nightworld #1 and #2 provided. Paolo Leandri offers some solid pencils. Surprisingly, however, I find some of his more fluid, action-based panels to be better than the static ones. His art style works best in dynamic action, rather than passive, stagnant posing. Furthermore, Dominic Regan’s colors add plenty of spooky atmosphere, with just enough splashes of the right color to add vibrancy and appeal.

All in all, I’m impressed with this issue. While it isn’t perfect, it keeps up the consistency shown previously and, at the same time, pushes things forward for a fourth and final issue.

  • + Surprisingly fluid action!
  • + Continues the gothic themes
  • - Doesn't always make for clear, easy reading
  • - The clash of older language and modern references is disjarring

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