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NO/ONE #4 – SURVIVAL IN THE SHADOWS

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NO/ONE #4 by Kyle Higgins, Brian Buccellato, Geraldo Borges, Mark Englert & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Credit: Image Comics via Black Market Narrative)

NO/ONE #4 – Image Comics and Black Market Narrative

Creative: Kyle Higgins, Brian Buccellato, Geraldo Borges, Mark Englert & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Welcome to an all-new edition of Parlay points, the comic book review blog to the ODPH Podcast!

For this entry, the story that transcends normal comic storytelling is back with an all new issue from Image Comics and Black Market Narrative. With an equally important companion podcast, the mystery that has taken comics most exciting line, the massive-verse, by storm shows no signs of letting up its’ hold on comic fans.

NO/ONE #4 by Kyle Higgins, Brian Buccellato, Geraldo Borges, Mark Englert & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou brings the identity of the masked vigilante closer to the truth behind the question haunting Pittsburgh: Who Is No/One.

Let’s not wait another minute and jump right into the latest chapter, shall we?

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*** POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING *** PREVIOUS ISSUE REVIEW

How much weight can a city hold before it breaks? That has been a question circling around the city of Pittsburgh since a figure known as “The Accountability Killer” started their attacks. Aaron Kern is behind bars, publicly recognized as “No/One”. Some would think the danger is over but they were wrong. With a rising body count and copycat killer running loose, the city and their residents are doing all they can to hold things together.

NO/ONE #4 by Kyle Higgins, Brian Buccellato, Geraldo Borges, Mark Englert & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Credit: Image Comics via Black Market Narrative) COVER –Rod Reis

Former Assistant Chief Ben Kern (Aaron’s father) has started his own investigation. Pittsburgh Ledger Editor Teddy Barlow and reporter Julia Paige are covering the story via podcast, putting them into some uncomfortable situations. Detectives Singh and Harper are doing what they can, but the pressure feels too great Amidst this chaos, a new person has emerged, appearing to be the real No/One!

HORUS IN HELL ENDS JULY 7TH!

Last issue, “No/One” stopped Kenneth Chbosky from harming Julia. This is coming off the heels of Julia’s mother, reporter Alanna Paige trying to get Julia to speak out about the case. Meanwhile, Ben Kern starts following Chuck Tate, a star football player with ties to No/One victim Coach Nathan Cade.

This issue begins dated June 2023. A corrections officer picks off a letter for Aaron Kern and what he sees shocks him to the core. Elsewhere, Ben has become a regular at a sports bar where Tate frequents.

On the TV is Alanna Paige, who is speaking out publicly against her daughter. Tate walks in the bar and makes small talk with “Jim” aka Ben. When a message interrupts the conversation, Tate makes an excuse to leave but Ben follows him to see it’s a lie

MORE MASSIVE-VERSE!

At the same time, Senator Noah Kemp unveils a new legal bill with HUGE ramifications involving No/One! Speaking of the vigilante, another potential victim’s name has been revealed in a certain way. How does this tie back to the vigilante? Has he been set-up?

Readers are thrusted into action as No/One races to stop the next dead body. Will he get there in time? Who is behind this attack? What of Ben and Julia’s side stories. Rest assured, the mystery behind this series brings a fair balance of drama and action. The slow burn pace is in full effect and things now shift towards the podcast from this must-have issue.

NO/ONE #4 by Kyle Higgins, Brian Buccellato, Geraldo Borges, Mark Englert & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Credit: Image Comics via Black Market Narrative)– Cover: Mark Englert

BREAKDOWN: Higgins and Buccellato delve further into the mystery without showing their playing cards. Ben Kern’s story stands out a bit more than the others this issue with his detective work and emotional break point in the latter half.

Seeing how Kern speaks with Tate about why he does what he does made a loud statement. The banter with Aaron in prison is always strong material. It feels like “Silence Of The Lambs” lingers around their moments. Senator Kemp’s play adds to fuel more conspiracy elements.

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Readers can start getting the sense that No/One’s case runs deeper in the heart of Pittsburgh than anyone can fathom. The action moments give a nice break to the character build but, as the final page cements, the book builds up the slow play for an even greater reveal yet to come.

Borges and Englert give Kern’s story more detail with his reactions to what he’s uncovering. Playing naïve to the initial talk with Tate, the body language given off connects with readers of how desperate he is to solve the case.

There’s a solid 1 page panel where this component shines through. There is no shortage of action within these pages as Borges constructs 4 page panels for all the high-rise visuals.

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The pace feels fast and reflects the intensity of the fighting. Its great storytelling which has become synonymous with this series. Excellent close-out visuals to set things forward towards the latest podcast.

FINAL POINT: 9.5 OUT OF 10

In a short amount of time, Higgins, Buccellato, Borges and the team have taken readers into deep waters with a mystery that presents more questions than answers. Superb writing and exceptional art carries the slow-burn drama into another unforgettable chapter. Don’t miss this (and the companion podcast) on New Comic Book Day.

Hit me up on ODPH social media and let me know what you thought of No/One #4. Thanks for reading Parlay Points on Nerd Initiative.

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Ken M.
Ken M.https://odphpodcast.com/
Executive Producer/Host of the ODPH (Ocho Duro Parlay Hour) Podcast. Ken is also Nerd Initiative's Comics Editor-In-Chief/Brand Advisor and host of "Turn A Page". Ken is also a freelance Pro Wrestling Blogger and an all around fan of Sports, Movies Tv, Comics and Pro Wrestling

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