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‘W0rldtr33 #4:’ Comic Book Review

W0rldtr33 is about a secret, underground section of the internet (“the Undernet”) used to influence people to do its horrible bidding. With time running against the clock, the W0rldtr33 forum group – while still being stalked by Ph3ar – tries to save someone who saw the Undernet. With new flashbacks and revelations, this may be one of the most important issues of the series.

If the first three issues of the series let us know small details of what’s going on, issue #4 shows us just how expansive everything is. We get our first look at what the Undernet is, and to say that it’s disturbing is an understatement. Series artists Blanco and Bellaire know how to create something unsettling that really sticks with you.

Tynion’s Lovecraftian themes of cosmic horror are becoming much more apparent with each issue. The idea of glimpsing the unknowable and being forever changed look to be concepts that he’s playing with. The idea that two people can glimpse into the same unspeakable horror and come out altered, but not in the same way, is exemplified through Gabriel and PH3AR. They both looked into the pit and what they brought back became a battle between them. Their story is the long game of the series, especially with the revelations revealed at the end of the issue.

Gabriel and PH3AR aren’t the only characters that deserve a spotlight; the two federal agents should be highlighted, as well. When they first showed up, you could almost taste their cliché, but knowing Tynion, there is more than meets the eye with these two. Through their dialogue, especially within this issue, you can sense the toll that this job has had on them. These are real people, and their distinct appearance coupled with the humanizing characterization shows an understanding of trauma and recovery. And that seems to be the point of W0rldtr33: coming back from that dark pit of trauma. That you’re not alone. There are good people out in the world that actually want to help; you just have to let them.

W0rldtr33 #4 is an issue with horrific revelation after astonishing revelation. It’s a must-read chapter that amps up the stakes with horror, thoughtful characterization, answers, and yet even more questions that all add to the mystery. It’s one you definitely shouldn’t miss.

Creative Team: James Tynion IV (writer/co-creator); Fernando Blanco (art/co-creator); Jordie Bellaire (colors); Aditya Bidikar (letters); Steve Foxe (editor); Dylan Todd (design)
Publisher: Image Comics
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Christian Castillo, Fanbase Press Contributor



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