Blackwood: The Mourning After #3
The students learn about the Dark Wisdom conspiracy, but can they warn everyone else about the planned attack on Dean Ogden's midnight funeral? Probably not, because we still have an issue to go! Also: Chimp Ho Tep's second escape attempt, an occult heist scheme, scrying, dying, corpse dumping, a dead art student, and the meat from space that eats your face. WTF?
Something that I have continuously loved about Blackwood: The Mourning After is the art. Veronica and Andy Fish have gained a lifetime fan. The eyes are immediately drawn to every page and don’t want to leave it until every detail is taken in. The majority of issue #3 takes place at night, yet there is so much color. When I think of the dark of night, I don’t immediately think of pink or purple. The Fish’s somehow executed colors in a way that makes me question what color the night really is. Blackwood: The Mourning After #3, or any issue, could be completely textless and still be incredible. Evan Dorkin’s writing is too good to be left out, though.
I have consistently been impressed with how Dorkin writes his characters. The young protagonists are especially well-written. Maybe it is because I am still relatively young, or that I instruct college students the same age as the Blackwood crew, but Dorkin’s writing never feels like a stretch or a caricature. This has a really great effect on the setting of the series. Having such likable and believable characters in a fantasy backdrop is quite the feat. The characters feel so real that there is no need for a suspension of disbelief. With one more issue to go, I will be sad to see Blackwood: The Mourning After end, issue #4 will absolutely be a highlight of my summer.
Blackwood: The Mourning After #3 continues to be a blast to read and see with its vibrant yet dark visuals.
Blackwood: The Mourning After #3: Colorful Nights
Writing - 9/10
Storyline - 8/10
Art - 9/10
Color - 10/10
Cover Art - 8/10
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