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"I Walk With Monsters #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics

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Written by Paul Cornell
Illustrated by Sally Cantirino
Colored by Dearbhla Kelly
Lettered by AndWorld Design
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 10th, 2021

Review:

Jacey and David have tracked down the Important Man, but they need to plan out their attack. They'll only get one shot at this and from the way this is shaping up, they don't intend to come back from it. Plagued by the traumas of their past, they prepare for what might be the end of their lives, but that's the price they're willing to pay to stop a monster like this.

I Walk With Monsters #3 sheds some more light on the backgrounds of the two main characters. We could piece some things together from the previous chapters, but this one shows not only the horrible things they've been through, but that they're not perfect either. Their actions might seem noble now, however it's also a kind of path of redemption for them both.

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We bounce between the present day and flashbacks in this issue. Colorist Dearbhla Kelly differentiates these scenes well, especially since there's no other visual cue that we're suddenly in the past. The sequences from earlier shift to a darker palette, like the color is a bit washed out. This also extends to the dialogue where AndWorld Design moves from standard white word balloons to a more drab off-white.

I Walk With Monsters also provides flashes to the thoughts and imagination of Jacey and David. You ever get a crazy idea that pops into your head? I'm not talking about going bungie jumping or something. It's more like, what would happen if I jumped off this building? It's an insane thought that you have no intention of actually doing, but it's in your mind nonetheless. These take on an entirely different meaning when you can transform into a giant ravenous monster.

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Artist Sally Cantirino illustrates these beautifully and shockingly. These images hit with such impact, reminding you of the stakes here. The Important Man isn't some random guy. He's a prominent politician. This is going to make some waves and it's going to expose them.

My favorite sequence of I Walk With Monsters #3 comes early on as David picks up a scent. How do you show someone smelling things in comics? Well, Cantirino and Kelly do this with a red line that follows the target. It's like a string tied to what they're looking for and we see a few panels that see where it goes, leading to the destination.

I Walk With Monsters is a gripping read from start to finish. Writer Paul Cornell uses literal monsters to shine a light on the metaphorical ones that are somehow far more frightening. It's deeply personal for these characters that have been through so much and still willing to risk it all to do what's right. It's as inspiring as it is terrifying.

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Art: fivestars
Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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