American Carnage #7
Fresh off having his identity compromised, undercover Richard Wright, or Rick, continues his attempt to infiltrate an underground white supremacist organization. Loyalty and motives are questioned when every character seems to have a different goal in mind. Jennifer, the daughter of the kingpin of the operation, Wynn Morgan, needs Rick’s help and connections to help a friend.
Without revealing that his cover has been blown, Rick sets up a deal with his FBI connection, Agent Curry: he brings them Frank and they get him out while getting any information they can from him. When Rick goes to get Frank, the only thing he finds is a ransacked house and a dead dog. Knowing exactly who took Frank, Rick plans to rescue him with some unexpected help: the mysterious and skilled henchman in an Obama mask.
Whether it is Detective Comics, Batman and the Outsiders, or American Carnage, Bryan Hill can write a smart and engaging book. A story unfolding in the shadows, American Carnage exposes the terrifying and sickening ideology of white supremacy, which is deeply rooted in this country. American Carnage is a reflection of America today, so it might as well be a horror book. This series is a slow burn, like any good noir tale, and issue #7 is especially slow. The entire issue is prepping for issue #8, which promises some brutal action. Though this issue feels like filler, there is some interesting character development.
The more these characters are developed, the murkier their motives get, which leaves room for some wild twists. Fresh off of her father’s announcement to run for Senate, Jennifer says, “I hate him as much as he loves himself.” Is she letting Rick get to her father or is she using Rick to get to him? Agent Curry’s motives are questioned when the FBI sends a new partner to begin working on a case regarding Wynn Morgan, she gives her best poker face to hide any interest in the case. Rick seems to be at the most significant crossroads. Is he saving Frank to cover himself, to get to Wynn, or to show Jennifer his true nature?
Regardless of the writing (which is stellar), the art by Leandro Fernandez and colors by Dean White are always a highlight. The majority of this series takes place in dark corners and shadows, which is sometimes difficult to capture, but Fernandez and White are not just adding black. Every shadow feels like it belongs there and adds to the secrecy of urgency of Rick’s situation.
Dark silhouettes and shadowed faces are sometimes distracting, but Fernandez and White execute the darkness so well. It just adds to the noir feel. Even the sunny scenes contain a looming dread that perfectly compliments the numerous dark panels. I have loved Ben Oliver’s covers since issue #1, but this may just be my favorite. It gives nothing away, I’m not even sure who the man on the cover is supposed to be, but perfectly captures the stakes and essence of the series.
This issue is mostly filler and setting up for the next issue. That being said, the art and writing work so well together that it doesn’t matter. American Carnage hasn't let me down yet.
American Carnage #7: The Calm Before the Storm
Writing - 7/107/10
Storyline - 6/106/10
Art - 7/107/10
Color - 8/108/10
Cover Art - 9/109/10
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