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"Terminal Punks #4" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Mad Cave Studios

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Written by Matthew Erman
Illustrated by Shelby Criswell
Lettered by Micah Myers
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 17th, 2021

Review:

The adventures of the punk band trapped in an airport with ravenous mutant animals continues in Terminal Punks #4. More blood is spilled and there's a traitor in their midst. Also, despite all the bloodshed, love is in the air.

Terminal Punks doesn't stop. Hell, it barely slows down as the series rockets towards its conclusion. As fun as this has been to read in single issues, I'm looking forward to bingeing the whole thing in a trade paperback. The airport has become a maze of sorts as the band gets separated. One of the members is in danger, but not how you might expect. This ratchets up the tension considerably.

The action is just as over-the-top and fun as always. Artist Shelby Criswell does such a great job mixing the horror and comedy. This issue shifts seamlessly between the two genres at a moment's notice, breaking that tension with some much needed laughs before shocking you again.

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Letterer Micah Myers is integral to the humor in Terminal Punks. So much is shown in how the characters speak, shown in the normal all caps for the most part, but shifting to a much bigger, bolder font for added emphasis. This is much more than just hitting shift + B on the keyboard. The words pop and draw your attention to key parts of the dialogue, adding context to the gags.

Criswell changes up the panel layout to coincide with the action. For the calmer scenes, the panels are more structured, like a traditional comic page with lots of right angles. That goes out the window once a mutant animal crashes in. All the panels are thrown askew and the angles get sharper.

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The animals are so bizarre and frightening. They look gigantic, but not like a kaiju. They're just oversized. That still makes them formidable opponents for the punk band as they try to fend them off. Although we've seen them a few times over the course of this series, their appearance is still jarring and terrifying. They may be huge, but they can pop up at a moment's notice and rip someone clean in two.

Just when I think I know where Terminal Punks is going, writer Matthew Erman shifts gears and takes the book in a different direction. It's kept me on my toes with an unpredictable and enjoyable reading experience. We've got one chapter left in this insane story and I can't imagine the laughs and scares that are in store for us. This book is so damn fun.

Grades:

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

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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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