Review: ‘Colder’ #4

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Jump into these vivid visuals of the supernatural because Colder #4 continues to get better and even more entertaining. The creepy imagery and the fast-paced storytelling will definitely get you hooked.

WRITTEN BY: Paul Tobin
ART BY: Juan Ferreyra
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RLEASE: February 6th, 2013

In the previous issues, the fast pace of Paul Tobin’s narrative became constant because of the cat and mouse game between Declan and Jack. Jack is using innocent lives to get Declan’s attention, while also causing him to waste time and energy to cross dimensions. With Reece now as Jack’s prisoner, Declan has something personal to lose. Knowing that Reece could die at Jack’s hands, Declan has to use an innocent bystander to cross into Jack’s dimension.

Tobin sneaks in his witty sense of humor in unexpected ways. With the last cliff-hanger, I thought the opening pages would begin with a frantic race to find Reece. Surprisingly, the issue starts out with a loud argument in the supermarket. Because Declan is used to Reece buying him stuff, he is socially awkward around others and doesn’t know where to look. It’s a really funny scene, followed by another hilarious scenario between two socially awkward people, before the narrative swiftly turns tense again.

A major highlight of the “Colder” series, Juan Ferreyra’s illustrations are eye-catching and incredibly detailed. This is Declan jumping into Jack’s world, which is just as dreary and even more surreal. One of the standouts is the monster with eight arms and has the face of a skull. On its back, the monster uses its other six arms as a chair for Reece. You can either interpret this scene as Reece is either a prisoner, or she is being hailed by the colossal hounds as their newly crowned queen.

In this issue, my favorite of Ferreyra’s creature designs is the giant skinless humanoid. The giant humanoid has two skull faces and claws for fingers. This giant creature comes out of nowhere and bursts through the ground, forcing Declan to defend himself. Declan has no idea what to do as he witnesses the giant killer clawing at the necks of the colossal hounds. This is an impressive panel packed with so much dark imagination.

“Colder” #4 continues with another fantastic installment in its series. Readers are close behind the gripping conclusion.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis

  • Evan3

    @Lonmonster – Any way you can convince Dark Horse to let us look at a few pages on BD? The few panels that you have shown are great, but would love to see the writing.