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"Resonant #8" 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 and Bernando Brice
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 3rd, 2021

Review:

Paxton set out to get some supplies for his three kids at home. Since then he's been held prisoner on an island ruled by a tyrannical mad man, managed to escape, and now he's shipwrecked on another beach, although this time things are a bit sunnier. With the threat of waves looming, ready to send him and anyone else into violent convulsions, can he find peace here? And what of his children? They were left to fend for themselves back home and they're encountering dangers of their own.

Resonant is a tense read. Even the quiet scenes have this low hum to them, like a monkey wrench can be thrown into things at a moment's notice. Writer David Andry keeps this untrusting feeling alive throughout every page. I don't think I'll let my guard down until Paxton is reunited with his kids.

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After reading Resonant, I'll never look at a cricket the same way again. Those little buggers are the harbingers of waves, so their little chirps can spell doom. Letterers Deron Bennett and Bernando Brice give these chirps weight. The sound stops people in their tracks.

That's what gives this detour such an unsettling feeling. It has a vibe that Paxton could leave everything behind and start anew. I'm not saying that's going to happen, but you can see how this idea could plant a seed.

Colorist Jason Wordie paints this as a tropical paradise. The sunlight reflects brightly off the warm sand. It's peaceful and beautiful, but you can't quite shake this feeling that something terrible is coming. This issue reminded me a lot of Lost for this very reason. We get one short scene with the kids and that stands out with a wholly unique palette. There are a lot of purples, conveying a kind of purgatory vibe, like they're stuck in the middle.

All of this hits as the mystery of this world continues to expand. We still don't know what the waves are or what's causing them. That's just part of the story, just as much as the characters and the setting. There are some more twists and turns on this new island that keep that intrigue going. Artist Skylar Partridge does some phenomenal work here playing up the unknown. There's a great shot of this new structure Paxton finds that looks like a spiral heading up into the sky. It creates an eerie tone that stays with you.

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That uneasy feeling is shown on Paxton's face for most of Resonant #8. You can see the doubt and concern in his eyes as he struggles to understand what he's seeing. He finds people leaving carefree and at peace, despite all the dangers this world poses. It would be like wandering the desert for days and coming across an oasis. He can't believe it.

While you might have gotten sucked into Resonant with the great premise and this mysterious setting, it's the characters that will keep you coming back for more. Paxton's journey back to his family is compelling and relatable. That's why anything that threatens it, even if it looks peaceful, looks frightening in nature.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
Buy from Amazon US.
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Buy from Amazon UK.
Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 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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