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"Fearscape #4" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics

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Written by Ryan O'Sullivan
Illustrated by Andrea Mutti
Colored by Vladimir Popov
Lettered by Andworld Design
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 13th, 2019

Review:

Welcome back, dear reader, to the tragic tale of Henry Henry, as we learn just how far he's willing to go in attempt to become the hero. He literally has blood on his hands at this point and it's clear that was just the beginning. People are starting to see through his ruse. The cracks are starting to show. Will he come clean? Or will he double down and push this even farther?

I've said in previous reviews of Fearscape how much of a villain Henry Henry has become. He somehow reaches new levels of villainy in this issue. It's tough to put into words just how much I hate this character. To clarify, it's not hate like how everyone hates Jar Jar Binks from the Star Wars prequels. It's hate in that he is such a despicable human being, so he is a perfect bad guy. Writer Ryan O'Sullivan has outdone himself here.

It's fascinating to watch Henry Henry go through this journey. He has such a misguided opinion about himself that it's delusional. He absolutely refuses to believe he's even capable of making a mistake, constantly shifting the blame for everything onto other people. At one point he even blames the victim for her death. He says this with her blood on his hands! Think about that for a minute! What a friggin' psychopath!

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This makes him so very dangerous. He has no real moral compass. His only goal is self-preservation and he's willing to silence those that offer a differing opinion. This is a fascist viewpoint.

Letterer Andworld Design works overtime in this issue as Henry Henry works to control the narrative. There are many blocks of text as he tries to distract the reader from his heinous acts. These give you a crystal clear image as to who he is as a person, which is inflated ego. There are some fantastic caption box placements in this book. The aforementioned victim's face is covered up by some of Henry Henry's narration in an effort to shield us from the violence he's caused.

The elements of the Fearscape start to work against our narrator. Colorist Vladimir Popov makes these forces come alive with beautiful shades, showing the brightest lights and the darkest blacks. This is a fantasy world unlike no other. Anything is possible here and somehow this monster of a man is ruining everything. He spreads like a cancer, destroying all he touches.

It's almost tough to describe the Fearscape, as it's something born out of imagination itself. I feel like it would appear differently to everyone that encountered it. In Henry Henry's case, it's a barren cave, mirroring his lack of any real creativity.

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Since people are starting to see through Henry Henry, we can learn a lot from facial expressions in this issue. Artist Andrea Mutti says so much with just a glance, showing a ton of suspicion as people look at our narrator with unease. You can see the questions starting to churn in their heads as they realize that this guy's story doesn't add up.

I read Fearscape through gritted teeth and white knuckles, angered by the sheer audacity of Henry Henry. His not-so-carefully constructed ruse is starting to crumble and I cannot wait until it all falls down upon him. From the looks of things, he's not going to go down without a fight, but it will all be worth it to see him taken down a peg.

Grades:

Story: Fivestars Fearscape 4 Small
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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fivestars

About The Author
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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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