You know the saying, “Be careful what you wish for?” Inspector Deal may have gotten more than she bargained for after having successfully tracked down Dr. Reason (a.k.a. the White Wizard) on his moisture farm.
Her orders are very clear: find the snow-creating formulary that Dr. Reason stole from Hazeltyne no matter what the cost. Tracking him down in the middle of nowhere, she discovers that Anthony Farrow is still alive and possesses secrets of his own. She captures Dr. Reason and the hunt for the formulary begins in earnest. Using technology far above our own, Inspector Deal enters Anthony’s subconscious and learns of his part in the bombing; however, both Deal and Anthony have tapped into the subconscious of Reason’s daughter who has been trapped in what can only be described as a stasis bubble. Her childlike mind speaks as if she is lost in a fairy tale, but is it her that is speaking or is it something or someone else?
There is a lot going on in this third issue, so it pays to read it through a few times to pick up on everything that is going on. It all flows together nicely, but you do have to pay attention. I also like the fact that there are no mustache-twirling villains. Every character is nuanced, complex, and you don’t really know how they will react; however, when they do act, it is organic. As I mentioned before, I love the lettering (Michael David Thomas) of the fairy tale-type sequences and how they add another level of intrigue and depth to the storyline. I still think the flashbacks to the world prior to the radicalization of Dr. Reason should look a little more washed out and barren; however, it all still works very well, and I’m very much enjoying the story.
Definitely looking forward to the next issue.