With vivid imagery and strong storytelling, To Hell You Ride #3 continues the series with another terrific installment. As the story gains momentum, this is a comic you will have trouble putting down.
WRITTEN BY: Lance Henriksen and Joseph Maddrey
ART BY: Tom Mandrake
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: February 13th, 2013
What’s really impressive is how Henriksen and Joseph Maddrey are able to hit the thematic issues with their nonlinear storytelling. From the subplot in the first issue, Five George helped the local police to find the missing child. Now, readers will see the consequences as Five George is falsely accused and framed for the murder of the lost child. As the flashbacks reveal character motivations and back-story, readers are gradually seeing the emotional growth of Two-Dogs, who started off as a loner and is slowly becoming a hero.
I really enjoyed how Henriksen and Maddrey are building the outside conflict by adding more antagonists. As news starts spreading about a biological threat, a covert military group is brought in to secure the town. Even the leader of this military group has an agenda all his own. This military leader tells Sheriff Shipps his orders are to protect the nation, and also mentions, “you’re either with me or against me.”
Tom Mandrake’s artwork is unbelievably vibrant in his depiction of body horror. Never shying away, Mandrake depicts the destructive and unforgiving force of the spiritual infection. In the opening pages, readers will see the four winter tourists being burned to death while sitting in their Jacuzzi. Your jaw will definitely drop as the corrupt Mayor gets his comeuppance as his body spontaneously combusts and starts to ooze.
As the small town becomes contained and boxed in, the imagery of the military swooping in is kept at a realistic tone. Through the use of wide shots, Mandrake illustrates Sheriff Shipps stranded alongside the road, surrounded by rows of jeeps and trucks. In a splash page, Mandrake showcases the entire town being trapped by black helicopters. The hash coldness of winter is perfectly captured as Mandrake brushes the panels with snow.
An impressive combination of Henriksen’s storytelling abilities and Mandrake’s illustrations, readers will not regret picking up “To Hell You Ride” #3. Since the beginning, I have been a huge fan of the series and I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Jorge Solis