Writer: Evan Dorkin

Artist: Veronica Fish

Layouts: Andy Fish

Lettering: Andy Fish

Colors: Veronica Fish

Cover: Veronica Fish

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

 

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Well, we have come to the end of this four part series, at least I think we have, but it is actually somewhat difficult to tell. Blackwood #4 opens with a ton of action and ends with a bunch of characters, both alive and dead, just sitting around. It had very offbeat pacing throughout the whole, and this issue was no exception.

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I wanted to like this series, very much. It looked like something I would love, but the plot was just either too typical or hinting at something that never delivered. The ending was just a bunch of telling, without the kids actually figuring it out, and furthermore, there wasn’t enough foreshadowing or clues in the other three issues to make the ending meaningful. I wouldn’t call it predictable, but it just didn’t seem to matter, which really sucks. Maybe the story would have benefited by being a lot longer, since I barely got to warm up to the characters before it was over. So much background was hinted at, that was never revealed and that was a little infuriating.

The art was consistently pretty cool. Although there were some panels that seemed a little off, it was, for the most part, the best thing about the series. Props yet again to the awesome cover (even if it featured a character we knew very little about).

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The lettering seems to be very inconsistent throughout this issue. Sometimes, the bubbles are much larger than they need to be, or the text is way too small; other times the bubbles are all crowding upon the letters, which look like they want nothing more than to escape the madness of Blackwood. I think that a whispering effect was the goal for some of these, but it didn’t seem all that successful to me.

I hope that the creators all jump off into big waters in future comic endeavors and take Blackwood as a learning experience.

Overall: 6/10

 

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