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"Resonant #4" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics

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Written by David Andry
Illustrated by Alejandro Aragon
Colored by Jason Wordie
Lettered by Deron Bennett
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 23rd, 2019

Review:

Paxton set out on a routine expedition to get some medicine for his kids. Now he's on an island ruled by a madman and he might never see them again. His children are capable of taking care of themselves, but a rift forms between them back home. How will they fare when the next wave comes, sending them all into a violent rage?

We're four issues into Resonant and we don't know what causes the waves or why they happen, but that really doesn't matter. That's just a fact of this world. What stands out is the stellar character work. I don't care if writer David Andry ever explains the origin of the waves at this point because I'm so wrapped up in the lives of Paxton and his kids. This is in line with other recent horror hits like A Quiet Place or Bird Box. You don't need to know all the specifics. This is the world and these are the dangers they face.

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And what dangers they are! As with zombie stories, the real horror doesn't necessarily come from the monsters (or in this case, the waves of violent energy), but in other human beings. Honcho, the maniacal leader of this island, is a terrifying villain. He'd give the Governor from The Walking Dead a run for his money. He rules over this island with an iron fist. Everything is under his control, especially the people, who are forced to wear specially designed vests that hold them in place when a wave hits.

The entire tone of Resonant shifts when a wave comes in. This creates a startling contrast on the island. One moment we're on a bright, sunny beach and the next it's like everything is coated in a red-hued tone of rage. Colorist Jason Wordie captures how violent and chaotic this change is.

Backing up my earlier statement of the danger of humanity, there's a sequence early on in Resonant #4 where we see this play out in a disturbing fashion. Wordie works overtime here, soaking the page in blood while there's no wave in sight. Just in case you wondered if Honcho is a good guy, this should put that idea to rest. Letterer Deron Bennett fills the page with sickening sound effects, each shown in a violent and creepy font to amplify the violence.

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Paxton's story would have been interesting enough to fuel Resonant, but we also get his kids' perspectives as we continue to explore this world. Young Isaac ventures out from his house for perhaps the first time and comes across a religious festival of sorts. This is a chilling sequence, as the people here are just a little too cheerful in a world full of all this death and destruction. Their faith has allegedly kept them safe from the waves. They have noble intentions and on the surface there's nothing that should be that alarming, but with all the other horrors in this book, I can only imagine what's really going on here. It's saying something that this is one of the most unsettling scenes in the book.

Artist Alejandro Aragon captures the wide-eyed naivete of Isaac in these pages. To him, everything looks great and he has no reason to be suspicious. He's only known life under his father's rule in the safety of his home. There are subtle points that send shivers down my spine, like how the pastor is shown, often at an angle from below.

Resonant has delivered a terrifying world full of dangers. This poor family has been split apart and forced to survive on their own for the first time. Hopefully, this will drive them to bring them back together, but nothing is taken for granted in a horror story. This issue takes the series to new heights, introducing new ideas and expanding this frightening landscape into untold terrors.

Grades:

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