Each time I receive a new issue of Lizard Men I get excited and humbled. Excited because it’s the next chapter in this great story and, for the record, who WOULDN’T be excited??!! And humbled because getting an advanced copy to review is a humbling privilege.
Chapter 4 – Hear the Sound of it All is close to my heart because it starts off explaining my favourite character, and as I don’t do spoilers, this is going to take some creative writing to get my review across without giving too much away. The background of this character is explained in detail, and as I’ve said before, the team effort of Catia and Chiara, with lettering by Ken Reynolds, does the business. There has been a lot of thought into the contrast of the images, it’s a very delicate blend of the right colourisation with the right artistry, like a very well blended tea. The first five images grow with the years and perfectly captures what would be the photographic continuity if these were real photos. And then we learn, through the next few images, how this character gets their drive, determination and passion. I can’t help thinking this is foreshadowing a later part of the story, but we only have two more instalments after this one, so I could be wrong.
The story continues four days after the climax of Chapter 3, with a cabinet meeting to discuss the damage limitation requirements of said climax. I find the humour in this series to be a real sweet spot to it’s endearing overall quality. And the humour seems to just flow hand in hand with the fantastic and surreal storyline and at times the storyline is very current with links to what is going, or has gone, on in the current UK government.
This chapter embraces the humbleness of the Prime Minister and it still confuses as to what his intentions truly are. And whilst he’s submerged in a moment of self-deprivation, a character that has briefly appeared in the last chapter that closely resembles a mix of Barbarella, Amy Winehouse and the Catherine Tate character Lauren the Schoolgirl (Am I bovvered) appears, and this is where the storyline steps up a notch into the realms of time travel and slightly delves into the origin and history of the Lizard Men without giving too much away. The journey is a dawn of realisation for our Prime Minister and hints at the history of the previous Prime Minister and our Prime Minister realises he’s one of a kind in a long list of cultured figures in history before an abrupt and sad conclusion of Chapter 4.
Each chapter ensures that I become an eager fan of this series from Steven Horry and his delightful team, which includes the, previously mentioned, Artist, Colourist, Letterer, and Editor Mira Manga. This small but dedicate team must have great fun devising this story and communicating it to the reader through the mastered art of pen and paper
Soooooo….. Chapter 5? I really can’t wait for it.