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"Resonant #6" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics

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Written by David Andry
Illustrated by Skylar Partridge
Colored by Jason Wordie
Lettered by Deron Bennett
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on December 16th, 2020

Review:

With the family divided, Resonant kicks into high gear. Paxton is stranded on Honcho's island, struggling to get home to his children. His son Ty has found a new home in the Congregation, but all is not what it seems, especially when the Maw arrives looking for a sacrifice. Meanwhile, Paxton's other two children, Stef and Bec, are just trying to stay alive long enough for their father to return.

Needless to say, there's a lot going on in Resonant #6. Writer David Andry brings a few plot threads to a climax, rocketing the story forward. The cause for this dystopian version of our world is still unknown. We don't know what causes the strange waves that send people into a violent rage, nor do we need to know. The basics have been laid out and we're focused on the characters and their stories.

What stands out in Resonant is how the real horror comes not from the waves, but the other people, much like in a zombie story. This is true for Honcho, the Maw, and the Congregation. That last one is the creepiest of the bunch, and I say that with the Maw looming nearby. On the surface, it's like a church gathering, but there's always been something weird about it, like it's too shiny and clean. This issue has these holy rollers showing their true colors and it's super unsettling.

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This is shown in a riveting scene, heightened by Deron Bennett's letters. There's a perfect moment when Ty realizes what's going on and lets it all out in an emotional outburst. He realizes what's at stake and it shows in how he speaks.

Artist Skylar Partridge joins Resonant and the book does not miss a beat with the handover. Partridge's style has a grit to it that works really well with this post-apocalyptic world. Her layouts are incredible too, shown with a lot of variation that make for a great reading experience.

The Maw has an intimidating presence, like something out of Mad Max: Fury Road. He towers over the others, giving him the appearance of a giant. The gross Preacher speaks for this monster and he's somehow creepier than the Maw.

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Jason Wordie uses color to amplify the emotions in each scene. When Bec faces off against a bear in her backyard, the gutters are filled in with a bright yellow, almost like caution tape at a crime scene. During the showdown at the Congregation, the cool blues of the night are invaded by harsh reds, as if a fire is lit and preparing to consume them all.

Resonant practically explodes with this issue. The scary moments are amplified by the great character development. It really feels like we're just getting started with this series and there is so much potential for new and riveting stories.

Grades:

Story: fourandahalfstars Cover
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Art: fourstars
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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