Review: ‘Colder’ #3

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A terrifying journey into madness, Colder #3 continues to be an entertaining supernatural thriller. Readers will be talking about Juan Ferreyra’s artwork as they tag-along into the detailed visuals of the nightmarish wasteland. The haunting imagery of the “Colder” series is definitely worth looking into.

WRITTEN BY: Paul Tobin
ART BY: Juan Ferreyra
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: January 2nd, 2013

Years ago, a mental patient, Declan Thomas, became the sole survivor of a deadly inferno. Since that horrible night of blazing fire, Declan’s body has been mysteriously changing. Though he never gets sick or feels pain, Declan’s body temperature is slowly dropping. He remembers someone coming out of a portal and invading his mind. While Declan has been comatose, an evil entity named Nimble Jack has been stealing innocent people’s souls. After waking up from his coma, Declan needs help from Reece to stop this sadistic killer.

Paul Tobin lets loose this issue and has fun exploring the bizarre aspects of the narrative. Because of his first encounter with Jack, Declan can enter the minds of the insane. Now that Jack has set his sights on Reece, Declan must be her protector as they jump from reality and enter a nightmare world. But if Declan stays too long in crazy town, Reece will slowly lose her mind and succumb to insanity.

What I really like is how Tobin slows down the cat-and-mouse game and concentrates on the relationship between Reece and Declan. Since the first issue, I always wondered, “Why does Declan care so much about Reece if he was in a coma all this time?” Tobin answers this question with some nice comic relief. There is such a witty sense of humor as Declan becomes a total slacker, unsure of his feelings for Reece. Tobin adds more insight into Reece, who became much more than Declan’s nurse during their three years spent together.

Ferreyra illustrates eye-catching surrealistic images that will surely hook the reader’s attention. Jack has a memorable and incredibly gory introduction in this issue. To present himself to Reece, Jack comes out of the mouth of a homeless man. Jack pokes his face through the mouth, then bursts out of the vagrant’s chest. Enhancing the creepiness, Ferreyra has Jack soaked in blood and smiling throughout this entire sequence. This is disturbing imagery but Ferreyra doesn’t allow this scene to become so gross and unpleasant.

As Declan travels deep into crazy town with Reece, Ferreyra distorts the faces and hands of the insane dwellers. Adding to the chaos, Ferreyra depicts a giant worm, made up of eyeballs, coming out of the floor. In an impressive use of detail, the eyeballs are all looking at different directions. Ferreyra adds to the scares as more creepy things start punching through the pavement.

Readers will be glued to the surrealistic imagery within “Colder” #3. The eerie images in this issue will definitely stick with readers and won’t make them forget.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis