“Blackacre” #9 functions as the midpoint in a number of plotlines within the series. The most obvious drawback to this is that there is no one plot that utterly captivates the reader’s attention in this issue, but all gradually build and develop throughout. While the payoff has to wait until next issue or later, this is still a solid piece of storytelling.
WRITTEN BY: Duffy Boudreau
ART BY: Wendell Cavalcanti
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE DATE: August 7th, 2013
For perhaps the first time in the series, the most compelling character in issue #9 is Sinclair. Sinclair has been brought before a council to determine the whereabouts of Hull, and to punish Sinclair for his previous failures to comply with inquiries. Instead of denying any involvement, Sinclair publicizes the existence of his covert operations program and declares it a necessity to protect the public good. He saves his strongest argument for next issue, but this is still an interesting gamble. And betting that his detractors may be cowed by his variation of the “national security” argument, despite his motivations being entirely self-serving and destructive, isn’t the most implausible of strategies.
Meanwhile, Hull continues to bond with peripheral members of, or rather converts to, the church of Sacred Yoke as he works with them on an outlying camp. Despite their rather fanciful notions of what lies behind the wall of Blackacre, Hull finds himself gaining more and more respect for them, and perhaps they see Hull as a means to escape the more familiar oppression Sacred Yoke brings. Greene, meanwhile, misjudges Lee and has to attempt to mend his already fragile relationship with her in order to bring about a significant vision he’s had. It’s difficult to tell where this will eventually lead; it certainly seems a little implausible that Greene receives visions from God. “Blackacre” is a little too pessimistic for that. But the tension between this skeptical tone and Greene’s fervent belief is one of the more interesting things about this series.
For all that though, there’s nothing terribly exceptional about this issue. It’s just good at what it does. But with Bird and Fauna closing in on Hull and Greene, and Sinclair about to sway his would-be vanquishers to his side, high drama seems just around the corner.
Reviewed by – GeorgeShunick