C.O.W.L. #3 Review

Can Eclipse and Radia avenge the assault on Grant? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

Who is Radia? And why does Chicago fear her? Meanwhile, Geoffrey discovers that C.O.W.L.’s future is anything but guaranteed, and John’s investigation into the union takes an unexpected turn.

COWL_003009_finalC.O.W.L. really kicked into a higher gear in the last issue, showing that the lack of super powered foes for the C.O.W.L. didn’t mean the had an easy pass. This trend continues in this issue as Grant’s partner Eclipse enlists the help of Radia in getting revenge for Grant’s traumatic battle. Meanwhile John Pierce continues his investigation into C.O.W.L., turning up some interesting facts.

Though the series got off to a slightly confusing start writers Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel have really turned it into something worth reading over the last couple of issues, with the adrenaline filled development being pacey and enticing. In this issue the writers give us some very intense developments, as well as a deeper look into C.O.W.L. as a team and their future. On top of this the duo also tease at the future of the series having this reader hooked for the next issue.

Rod Reis has been killing it on the artwork on this series, with his bold inks and beautiful colours being eye catching to say the least. Having proven to be a tremendous colourist it’s nice to be reminded just how good Reis is at illustrating, with the dynamic layouts and stunning character definition being very alluring. Reis also manages to add tension and atmosphere, as between the character expressions and the scenery around them we get some deep and intense sequences.

C.O.W.L. continues to get more interesting with each passing issue, as though it’s not one of Image’s most exciting series’ it’s quickly becoming one of it’s more intriguing ones. Highly recommended.

  • + Pierce's investigation is proving extremely interesting.
  • + Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel continue to build suspense.
  • + Rod Reis as ever kills it on the art.
  • - Lacking slightly in overall excitement.

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