Review: ‘R.I.P.D.: City of the Damned’ #4

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The fourth installment of Jeremy Barlow and Tony Parker’s R.I.P.D.: City of the Damned sees the anachronistic old west adventure come to an end for R.I.P.D. officers Roy Pulsipher and his Puritan partner Crispin Mather. This prequel to the upcoming feature film, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, successfully accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is acquaint new readers with the fundamental and cardinal properties that characterize Peter Lenkov’s world; and to pump up consumers for Dark Horse Entertainment’s motion picture release of R.I.P.D. hitting theatres this summer.

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Barlow
ART BY: Tony Parker
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: March 13th

Picking up right where issue #3 left off, the final installment wastes no time when it comes to delving straight into the story’s action, as our two protagonists fight their way into the heart of Black Pool, in order to bring down the city. Saving Creation and destroying David Sterling’s nefarious plan is the main objective, but as the City of the Damned’s secrets begin to unravel, so does Pulsipher and Mather’s partnership. What’s revealed in this issue creates a massive rift that ultimately threatens their mission, and produces an outcome that still resonates a hundred years down the line.

Jeremy Barlow and Tony Parker work exceptionally well together to tell this story, which is very much an origin tale that delves into the history of Pulsipher’s employment with the R.I.P.D. So, this prequel is a fantastic starting point for those who are interested in the film, but have no prior knowledge of the series. Barlow stays true to the story by honoring Lenkov’s original vision, characters, and established world. Parker brings that world to life with his effortless pencil work. The latter excels the most where scenes call for movement, action, and expressive facial expressions.

The way the issue ties back to the opening scenes of the first installment gives full contentment to the consumers in regards to the gratification readers will feel as they finish the series, but leaves a big question unanswered in the end. Whether or not it’s going to be elaborated on in the upcoming film, it’s hard to say and you’ll have to wait until summer to find out.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – ShadowJayd