‘Hadrian's Wall #4:’ Comic Book Review

Hadrian's Wall is now half over with the latest release of the series. That means the investigation into the death of Hardian's Wall crew member Edward Madigan is nearing its conclusion, though the circumstances as to how it occurred are getting more and more complicated.

As we ended the last issue, our protagonist Simon Moore, the pill-popping ex-husband of crew member Annabelle, had pointed the finger directly at her for her current husband's demise, thanks to finding a few convincing pieces of evidence. This is a pretty solid thesis, though it doesn't seem to be getting the other members of the Hadrian's Wall, especially since Simon doesn't exactly have a spotless past.

A lot of this issue gives some backstory into the lives of Simon and Annabelle before the events of the investigation, including the incredibly rocky marriage the two of them had before their divorce. While some of it feels like it's a bit convenient, it gives a huge glimpse into why the two of them aren't exactly on good terms, and why ships such as the Hadrian's Wall exist in the first place.

This series is unfolding in a great way. It's compelling, with some interesting twists and turns. It also feels very real, especially for a series that is focused on the world of the future. That seems to be thanks to the true events in the life of series co-writer Kyle Higgins, his real-life losses and heartbreaks, fueling a series that has as many complications as life seems to throw at us. He and Alec Siegel have done a terrific job weaving a complex web of misdirects and mysteries, all while finding a way to ground a series set in the darkness of space.

Rod Reis is also showing some incredible skills as an artist. The painted style lends well to the scope of the series. Reis really played around with the color palette in this issue, as well, bringing out some beautiful black-and-white pages that really stood out among all the colors.

While I really do love this series, I'm glad it's a limited run. This is a contained story, in more ways than one, and lasting past eight issues might be a tough sell. Mysteries are better in small doses, and this series is proving that. It's only eight issues, but it's making great use of every single page.

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