Review: ‘Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem’ #3

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A mixture of historical and horror elements, “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem” #3 puts it all out for an emotional and action-packed finale. After pulling at your heart strings for two straight issues, this is the installment where the titular monster is finally let loose. When you reach the last page, there is definitely a pleasing feeling of closure.

WRITTEN BY: Steve Niles
ART BY: Dave Wachter
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: August 14th, 2013

Without warning, Noah suddenly sees a burning plane fall from the sky and crash near his village. After running towards the burning wreckage, Noah rescues a British pilot, who is too injured to walk. The inevitable arrival of the Nazi soldiers frightens the rest of the villagers, who are too old to defend themselves. If this small village protects and hides the wounded pilot, they will feel the wrath of the Nazis. Noah watches as his grandfather builds something from a small piece of clay. But, in order for the shapeless monster to live, Noah’s grandfather has to die in return.

For the previous issues, writer Steve Niles focused on the poignant relationship between Noah and his grandfather. With the Nazis quickly approaching, Noah’s grandfather taught him everything he knew, knowing full well he was going to die. In a world where people hated each other, Noah’s grandfather just wanted his little boy to have someone look up to; a true hero. Through this coming-of-age tale, Niles is able to say so much about the loss of childhood innocence while providing escapism through dark imagination.

When the Nazis finally storm the village, it’s really an epic battle between good and evil. The clay monster rises and there is nothing to hold this beast back. We finally get to see the giant monster in action, doing what it was created for. Niles lines up one battle sequence after another, capturing all kinds of destruction and fighting.

What really makes this issue so exciting is how artist Dave Wachter depicts the clay monster running amok. Wonderfully paced out, Wachter escalates the battle scenarios between the monster and the soldiers. The Nazis fire shells from their tanks directly at the enormous creature, hoping the hideous thing will fall. In a fantastic splash page, Wachter illustrates the clay monster tearing through the tanks as the Nazis pour on the gunfire.

Wachter delivers the bloody goods that horror fans will definitely enjoy. The clay monster shows no mercy as the behemoth smashes its way towards the Nazis. In one of the action-packed illustrations, the monster squeezes a soldier’s small head with its huge bare hands. Never slowing down, the clay monster’s rampage starts from the very first panel and ends on the last page.

Made with a lot of heart and soul, “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem” #3 concludes on a highly satisfactory note. Each installment of the “Breath of Bones” series carries such a personal and engaging touch that readers will definitely feel.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis