Remember when I was so OCD I began projecting my consciousness across the astral plane and tried to save my ex-girlfriend while stopping a child murderer at the same time? No? Good, cause it wasn’t me, it was the main character of Whisper. Here’s Image‘s description of issue 3:
Sam has looked into the face of pure evil, and he heard it speak. The problem is – the voice won’t go away. Desperate to rid his mind of it, Sam devises a morally questionable plan. He may save his sanity, but will he lose his soul in the process?
Maybe I’ve just read too many books by Stephen King, but the serial killer element of this story just doesn’t interest me. Joshua Luna‘s dialogue is spot-on and I’m eager to see where the story goes, (I’m waiting for a “with great power comes great responsibility” moment, but so far Sam is being way too responsible. Hopefully that just means that when he finally abuses his power it will be really over the top.) but listening to the inner demons of a psychopath is old hat. That said, the way Sam deals with the killer is pretty awesome, although the issue’s ending, which was obviously meant to be a shocker, falls a bit short.
Luna’s art for this issue is both good and bad. His realistic style makes all the fantastic scenes seem very real, and makes the sun all the more impressive. But it also tones down some shots that need to be mind-blowingly bizarre, such as the demonic child predator lurking inside a seemingly ordinary man. That visualization should be difficult to look at, but instead it’s almost vanilla (Nothing against vanilla, I love it as a flavor. Beats chocolate any day of the week.) Other thoughts: we get some excellent use of blurring and the flight “motion” is wonderfully subtle, but otherwise the figures can be a bit stiff.
I’m a bit worried about this series, simply because of the intermittent release schedule, but the quality of the individual issues is very good, with issue 3 being no exception. One last thing: look at that cover. Now look again. It might take awhile, but once you see it, it’s the coolest part of the book.