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"Poser #4" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Waxwork Comics

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Written by Matt Miner
Illustrated by Clay McCormack
Colored by Doug Garbark
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 9th, 2019

Review:

The Poser killer has put everyone in town on edge, but they're not taking this menace laying down. They've organized a protest and everyone, including Ash and her friends, have turned out. With all these people in one place, it's like shooting fish in a barrel for the Poser killer, who strikes without warning and leaves a pile of bodies in his wake. At long last we learn who is behind the mask and wreaking all this havoc.

I had absolutely no idea who the killer would be as we approached the final issue of Poser. This could be because I'm horrible at mysteries. If I'm ever stuck in one of those escape rooms, I'd just start living there. That being said, the big reveal as to the killer's identity in Poser #4 hit me out of nowhere and I don't entirely get it just yet.

Now, this shouldn't be taken as a criticism of the series. I think it would have clicked more if Poser was presented as a graphic novel instead of monthly installments. Since each chapter was released a month apart, some of the clues and hints were lost along the way. I didn't become that invested with all the characters over the course of the series, so it was tough to distinguish their unique traits and personalities, especially since they all had a target on their backs.

Much of that comes from Clay McCormack's artwork. There's a gritty realism to it that puts you right into the action. The cold, dead look of the Poser killer's mask is chilling. It has this sick grin on it that contrasts with the bloody carnage he's dealing out.

And oh, how sweet the carnage is. Poser gets the award for some of the most creative kills outside of Jason X. The killer's knives have to be razor sharp, as they cut through flesh like butter, sending blood spraying every which way. These are so very brutal and they only get more so with each turn of the page.

Colorist Doug Garbark makes this blood pop on the page in a brilliant red. It stands out, even among the gorgeous California sunset. It's this sickening almost unnatural shade, adding to the overall chaos of this climactic battle royal of blood.

The Poser killer works like the other classics of the slasher genre in that he has this big and intimidating presence. He's not completely silent like Michael Myers or Jason. Instead, he begins with a haunting word, taunting his victims by calling them posers. Letterer Taylor Esposito makes this single word feel so impactful, like the moment it's uttered, anyone that hears it has a clock ticking until their doom.

Poser is a wild ride full of bloodshed and chaos. While I don’t entirely get the killer's reveal, I still got a lot out of this series. I want to go back and re-read this series with new eyes, as I'm sure there is some foreshadowing along the way that I missed.

Grades:

Story: Threeandahalfstars Poser 4 Cover
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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Threeandahalfstars

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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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