Review: “Sheltered” #8

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With a gripping narrative, “Sheltered” #8 paces itself perfectly to deliver its shocking twists. The “Sheltered” series continues to keep readers thrilled with its nail-biting suspense. Once you’ve finished reading, you’ll already understand why this comic was optioned for the Hollywood screen.
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WRITTEN BY: Ed Brisson
ART BY: Johnnie Christmas
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: April 23, 2014

With terrible timing and bad luck, Clifford discovered the bloody massacre that went on behind the gates of the Safe Haven compound. Lucas and his sadistic teen followers murdered their parents, hoping to save themselves from the upcoming apocalypse. If Clifford escapes and reaches civilization, the police will raid upon the compound and arrest every teen for cold-blooded murder. But Victoria doesn’t want Lucas arrested; she want to put a bullet in his head first. Victoria wants Lucas to pay for the murder of her father.

After teasing audiences for several issues, writer Ed Brisson finally pits the sadistic Lucas against the revenge-seeking Victoria. This isn’t just a physical confrontation they have between each other. This is also a battle of wits and intelligence for leadership of the cult. Even though Victoria is right about Lucas, his followers are still loyal to him. They still believe in his nonsense about the volcanoes erupting and the upcoming apocalypse. Victoria has to prove herself as a stronger leader than Lucas even while the guns are pointed right at her.

Poor Clifford who represents the everyman caught in an extraordinary situation. I still don’t know how long he is going to last in the “Sheltered” series. But every time he makes it to the end of the issue, I’m rooting for this character even more. Clifford’s subplot is one of the highlights of Brisson’s writing.

Artist Johnnie Christmas keeps the emotional intensity running between Victoria and Lucas. This is Lucas losing control of his cult and his mind. Christmas keeps the panels extremely tight on Lucas because the truth is smacking him hard across the face. His own people are turning against him.

Christmas depicts Victoria as a strong leader, even while she is consumed by vengeance. Victoria knows she is talking to teenagers around her age, not cold-blooded killers. Victoria is trying to knock some sense into the others, even while she has a gun pointed at Lucas’ head. I really like that when Christmas transitions to the crowd reactions, we just see black silhouettes. It’s up to the readers to decide if they will follow Lucas or Victoria.

“Sheltered” #8 ends on a twisted cliffhanger that gets readers amped up. Readers will have lots of wicked fun with “Sheltered.”

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

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