Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Light #3

Written by Nathan Edmondson
Art by Brett Weldele

I think this has to be one of the most effective horror comics I've read in the last few years, and one of the most original.  Edmondson's story of an infection or virus that is traveling through power lines takes something that we depend upon and view as intrinsically beneficial, and turns it into something that is dangerous and malevolent.  The characters in the story don't know what's going on, and are reacting based on instinct and luck.

In this issue, Coyle and Avery meet up with a pair of survivors who have armed themselves, and who wear Oakleys that they've taped to their faces as a way of protecting themselves from any stray light.  The two groups join up, and have plans to knock out power for most of Oregon as a way of hopefully protecting themselves.

Weldele's art has been great throughout the series, but it is in his use of colour that he really stands out.  He captures the gray light of dawn perfectly, and it adds an ominous feel in this book that has trained the reader to regard any hint of brightness as sinister.

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