Black Cloud #4 Is Beautiful and Strange

Black Cloud is a series I’ve heard good buzz about.  Latour has my attention from his work on Southern Bastards, and the premise for this series, while a little indecipherable, sounds intriguing.  I’m familiar with Hinkle through his work on Airboy, which was a tour de force.

From the cover to the interior pages, the coloring strikes me.  It’s absolutely gorgeous, and the pencils are great.  I mean, really, these visuals are stunning.  The Inception-like landscapes look meticulous and effortless at the same time.  This is an A+ art team.

It’s a hell of an issue to jump into.  There’s a lot going on, and every scene has me asking what’s going on but in the best possible way.  The excellent dialogue between Zel and Frank hints at lots of possible stories, both past and present, and I want to read them all.

You can really feel the depth of relationship between these characters.  “Do you know what I had to be? Just to keep on breathing?” is a magnificent line, and might be the point where I decided to keep reading this book, regularly.

Big dude in the background, “Todd,” slowly making his way towards camera and the conclusion of this issue worked perfectly.  Great story pacing made up of moving pieces coming together perfectly.

This is a really fun take on the familiar “Gods have abandoned us” storyline.  I remain confused, but it’s a good kind of confusion.  This is a great book with a great creative team.  I’m in for the long haul; four and a half out of five stars.

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