There are multiple layers that are pulled back one after the next, our familiar faces taking on different roles and challenging our perceptions of them, all built around the idea of artifice. What are we to each other, really? What moment has defined who we are or who we feel we have to be to one another? It’s a pretty heady theme to wrap into a single issue, but it’s pulled out remarkably well, and with a keen sense of humor, especially if you know who these characters are. The cover does a wonderful job depicting where this story is about to take you.
Olortegui’s art is really fantastic, really diving into giving our characters very different body language, like Talky-Walky lounging is wonderful. I can’t imagine anyone not wanting their art to be colored by Dave Stewart. Each issue of Visions has been a win for the Black Hammer universe and for the sometimes surprising choices of creators behind each of them.
Let me say this: The design work is exceptional, giving some glue that helps to hold these differing visions together. The title page is this beautiful palette cleanser, like a roulette wheel that prepares you to be transported into something different, unique, and wonderful.
Creative Team: Mariko Tamaki (script), Diego Olortegui (art), Dave Stewart (colors), Nate Piekos of Blambot (letters), Daniel Chabon (editor), Chuck Howitt and Konner Knudsen (assistant editors), Ethan Kimberling (design), Josie Christensen (digital art technician)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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