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Lizard Men #3

Well since my review of Lizard Men #2 I have read Lizard Men #1 and found it a great introduction to, what I can perceive as being, a momentous series of comics from Steven Horry and his team of talented souls.  And then I get episode #3 and this too doesn’t disappoint either, well it does disappoint because it ends all to soon and makes you yearn for #4, #5 and #6.  The cliff hanger of #2 continues seamlessly and our hero, the rock star Prime Minister, is still in the thick of it.  Now I won’t give any spoilers away but what I will say is that the artistry is very clever, how anyone can read a job sheet that reads…. “Our hero is subjected to a paparazzi furore and you have to capture that” (or something like that) and Catia Fantini and colourist Chiara Bonacini cleverly combine their talents and they must work very well together as the camera flashes have been drawn in and coloured out, I like that touch and it speaks volumes to the care and thought that’s gone into the pictures.  The only criticism I have is that some of the characters are too dark and the blending is a tad harsh but that really is me nit picking.  I love the artistry and tonal colourisation in this edition and the way it has subtlety evolved from the previous two.  And talking of evolution, this series evolves from episode to episode across the whole talent of the team behind it.  I love the fine balance between introducing different directions and thought processes to the reader from the location, the situation, the dramatisation.  I found myself immersed in this current episode.

The dialogue has just as much momentum as the art, it all works so perfectly.  And the characters do seem to come alive off the page with the dialogue.  And I’ve said this in the last review and I’ll no doubt say it again before the conclusion of this series, that it would make an awesome film and I would love to be part of the screen-writing team, such is the enjoyment I have had out of these three comic book episodes and I’ve bought in to the characters.  And talking of characters, we have a speaking part in LM #3 for a character introduced in LM #2.  And a totally new character that turns out to be the first real Lizard with an ability to hold time, or rather slip into the void of time and said lizard is on the end of a cracking Dylan Zamani punch with our hero reprimanded by security.  I could elaborate but then, like I said, I’m not into creating spoilers, you’ll just have to buy this wonderful mid-section instalment and find out for yourself.

The sky really is the limit for this small talented team and that’s where I know they’re heading.

Bring on #4 and #5 and #6!!!

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