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THE INFERNALS #4 by Ryan Parrott,  Noah Gardner , John Pearson , Lola Bonato , Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Image Comics)

Issue #4 of The Infernals stands out as a masterclass in storytelling. Narrated from Bee’s perspective, this issue has been highly anticipated since the series’ inception, and it does not disappoint.

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The narrative begins with a crucial backstory between Bee and Abe, where Abe reveals to Bee that she must betray her brothers to survive the looming threat post his death. This revelation sets a tone of tension and suspense that persists throughout the issue, keeping readers on edge with every page turn.

Let’s talk about the writing:

The writing delves into profound themes of life after death and the fear of death, topics not typically explored in standard comic books. This refreshing take on such weighty concepts adds depth to the narrative.

Themes of family, betrayal, and survival are intricately woven into the story, enhancing the emotional and psychological layers of the plot. The storytelling is exceptional, building up to an all-out war against Hell anticipated in the next issue, making readers eagerly await the continuation.

The Art, Colors, Letters and Layouts:

The artistic team of John Pearson and Lola Bonato delivers stunning visuals that add immense emotional depth to the story. The detailed illustrations effectively convey the tension and intensity of the narrative. The depiction of sweat dripping off faces, for example, enhances the feeling of unease and anticipation, immersing readers into the story’s high-stakes atmosphere.

Character designs are top-notch, particularly the unique transformation of demonic characters from their human forms. This creative approach adds a distinctive flair to the visual storytelling. The use of colors is strategic, with demonic speech balloons in black and heavenly ones in yellow, making it easy to distinguish between characters and their allegiances. The lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou is equally impressive, with detailed onomatopoeia techniques such as shadowing, blurring, blood spatters, and ripped letters that heighten the action and intensity of each panel.

The innovative layouts, especially the multi-page splash panels with elliptical designs and focused central scenes, showcase the artists’ creativity and contribute to the dynamic flow of the comic. Shadow figures in white, black, or red are effectively used to provide perspective and highlight key elements in the panels.

Final Thoughts:

The Infernals Issue #4 is a gripping, visually stunning installment that raises the bar for comic book storytelling. With its compelling narrative, profound themes, and exceptional artwork, this issue sets the stage for an epic showdown in the upcoming issues. Anticipation is high for what comes next in this thrilling series.

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