“Rising Action” has been very different from the other arcs in the series so far, with way more action and fighting than the other arcs which have been much more existential. Despite that, ramping up the tension like that has been really good for the series and this issue, especially. The emergence of Laura as a powerful force has really shifted the perspective and given a driving force to a series that already has a lot going for it.
Keiron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie put a ton of themselves into this series, and that shows in every page. While this issue was a bit harder to follow, the story is still there, and even though how its gets you there is a bit blurry at points, when it gets you there, it’s well worth it. Gillen is doing a spectacular job in pacing and plot composition here, especially with such a large, complicated cast.
McKelvie is one of the best artists in the industry right now, and this book is his master class. While this issue has a few speed bumps in my opinion, there is no denying that he and colorist Matthew Wilson are incredible artists and love doing this book.
This issue didn’t grab me as much, but there is never a time when reading this doesn’t feel worth it. There’s a world here, a vibrant, messed-up world, and anyone not reading it is absolutely missing out.