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"Evolution #9" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics / Skybound Entertainment

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Written by James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, and Christopher Sebela
Illustrated by Joe Infurnari
Colored by Jordan Boyd
Lettered by Pat Brosseau
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 15th, 2018

Review:

The chilling story of Evolution continues on multiple fronts as the three main characters get closer to the truth. Abe makes a desperate move to expose the monstrous new lifeform that he thinks no one else is noticing. Hannah learns of where this madness might have started. Claire is brought face-to-face with the cult that might be behind this whole mess. All three of these threads weave together to make this powerful, terrifying tale.

At this point, it's tough to pick out a favorite, as each one is just as creepy as the last. Writers James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, and Christopher Sebela handle the pacing well. It's like they're spinning plates, making sure each one stays in the air. Every character is given equal time in the spotlight, so their story continues to move forward.

The tension in Evolution is palpable. We're past the introductions, so we're rocketing towards the unknown and it's full of these horrifying monsters that were once people. This issue starts out with Abe and it's a pretty high bar. If you didn't know everything else that was going on in the world, you'd think he was a lunatic. He might still be, especially with his crazed actions.

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Colorist Jordan Boyd amplifies the terror in this scene with a shocking red light from an alarm. It makes Abe look all the more menacing as he descends upon a fellow scientist to perform an unspeakable act. Although Abe is not suffering from the strange disease that is transforming people, he looks just as monstrous as any of the other creatures we've seen in the series.

Boyd's colors continue to set the mood throughout the entire issue. Claire and Hannah's stories are darker and filled with shadows. While they may be a little slower moving, you are not allowed to relax while reading these sections. This is a book where you are constantly on edge.

Joe Infurnari's artwork brings this unsettling feeling to a head. You can see real fear in the faces of these characters. In Abe's case, that's madness. I love the gritty quality of his style. It works so well here.

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Of course, the real standout is the bizarre monsters. These are twisted mutants that don't resemble anything ever seen on this Earth. It's not unlike what Tetsuo turns into in Akira, with bulging tumor-like pieces of flesh. These are coated in blood and sinew and yes, this entire paragraph is making me a little nauseous. Suffice it to say, this is some super creepy stuff.

The disturbing feeling of Evolution even extends to the lettering. Pat Brosseau creates these haunting word balloons that float in the air like ghosts. They're not in a traditional oval shape. Instead, they're like these roughly outlined rectangles. It's like they're suffering from a transformation as well. It's the icing on top of this creepy horror cake.

Evolution is one of the most unsettling comics on the stands today. It keeps the tension high with every page turn. It looks like we're going to get some answers as to just what the heck is going on, which is a plus. As it stands, this is a riveting story and a white knuckled read.

Grades:

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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