Basketful of Heads #4
With June escaping again through the use of the axe, she begins to question everything she knows about herself. When another betrayal hits her hard, it is up to June to escape once more from dire straits.
I have made no secret of the fact that I love Basketful of Heads. I love Joe Hill’s writing and his scene direction to artist Leomacs. I love Leomacs’ incredible artwork, which so accurately and terrifyingly describes the violence and despair of June’s situation (as well as the way he brightly juxtaposes his flashbacks). I love Stewart’s amazing work on coloring in a way that makes the art jump off the page even with mostly muted colors. Even the lettering, which I usually ignore, is handled well in the hands of Bennett.
Basketful of Heads #4 continues along this brilliant pattern by truly manipulating June’s emotional reactions to her horrifying situation. The incredible writing, which begins to make even the writer doubt their own perceptions, paired with the incredible artwork portraying June’s breakdown, makes for an incredibly compelling scene.
Remember when I said the chief’s son oozes? Well, turns out my intuition was correct. Without getting too much into spoiler territory for those who have not had a chance to read, the issue ends on a not-so-unpredictable cliffhanger. At the same time, however, it is a cliffhanger that will leave you curious for more, which is all one can really ask from such a story-telling device.
Basketful of Heads #4 leaves me incredibly curious as to how Hill will wrap up this incredibly compelling story within three more issues. I doubt he will disappoint…save for the fact that there will likely not be another series which continues the story. For fans of horror, Basketful of Heads is a must read, proving that Joe Hill stands solidly on his own in the comic book field (though, Locke and Key proved that a long time ago).
The team behind Basketful of Heads #4 (Hill, Leomacs, Stewart, Bennett) masterfully weaves a story through the use of dynamic art and realistic dialogue. This issue is a must read.
Basketful of Heads #4: How Easily It Turns to Doubt
Writing - 9/109/10
Storyline - 9.5/109.5/10
Art - 9.5/109.5/10
Color - 9/109/10
Cover Art - 9/109/10
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