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Pariah #4 Review

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Pariah_4_previewPariah #4 builds on the last three issues and plays up both the personal and political aspects of the title, all while offering plenty of tense moments that play into the science-fiction setting.

The official description from Dark Horse:

Nukes are sent out to destroy the Vitro satellite. Will our heroes make it back to Earth in time?

This issue definitely has a sense of escalation. Pariah #4 charges head first into the political conflicts and, combined with a planet throwing nuclear missiles around in a giant game of battleship, likes to think big but keep it all very real. From start to finish, Pariah #4 is a joy to read. Some might not like this style of story but it plays to the large audience who are.

Both Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt have a flair for storytelling. The threat is always very real, but never focused on entirely – the thrilling action comes from a sense of danger, not from bloodshed or explosions. This makes the title much more engaging from start to finish, due to a threat – but never a promise – of danger. That said, it’s only issue 4 so the chance of the satellite blowing up – effectively destroying all the protagonists – was never really a possibility.

Visually, Bret Weldele sticks to his guns. The art is a little sketchy and loose but it nonetheless plays well and Pariah #4 has a decent layout with large, clear panels. Weldele’s choice of color also works well. While there is a little too much blue and orange, the choice of dark backgrounds and bright lights/flares suggests the cramped environment of the satellites and works well with the tense atmosphere of the issue.

All in all, Pariah #4 could very well mark a step up for a series that continues to go from strength to strength. It it keeps it up, Pariah could be one of the best examples of hard science fiction in today’s comics.

OUR RATING
9
  • + A tense thriller!
  • + Hard science fiction concepts keeps the action real
  • - Not much character development
  • - Not a very wide color palette

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