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Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by JEFF LEMIRE

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

Let me get this out of the way right now. This is by no means the best issue of the series. In fact it is still moving a bit slower to my liking. But I made this my pick for one good reason: It is by far the best title to come out from the pile I read. While everything else felt ‘meh’ or medicore, this series keeps showing why this is one of the best titles on the stand today.

With times getting desperate, Dr. Singh tries a bizarre method to get information. Once we get going, Lemire gives us a very surreal and heartwarming look into Gus’s past. Although it doesn’t outright say what is past is, it shows us an insight on the upbringing of the unique child. The ‘father’ of Gus looks and sounds pretty insane here. But mark my words, what he is saying to young Gus seems to have some secret double meaning in context.

To be honest it’s not the story that Lemire gives us, it’s the art itself. Page after page shows us a unique perspective on how to tell a narrative. Lemire keeps the surrealism going with each page and some of the layouts are downright gorgeous. Jeff Lemire is showing us how to break down a comic visually and make it something unlike anything else on the stands. It also doesn’t hurt that his character models, especially on the different ages of Gus, are starting to really shine on the panels.

I stated earlier that this isn’t the best issue of the series. Overall it might not be, but in one department it is. Visually and artistically, this is Jeff Lemire’s best issue to date. With a look like no other, I dare to let anyone tell me a series that looks better then this. Lemire might not have the style of a Reis, Romita Jr, or other more well known artists. This issue shows us why there will never be another unique individual like Jeff Lemire in comics.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent

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