The mystery heats up in Skin & Earth #4
Skin & Earth #4
Writing, art & letters – Lights
Publisher – Dynamite entertainment.
Skin & Earth’s mystery ramps up in the best issue so far.
Valerie Anne Poxleitner aka “Lights” is a great story teller and issue four proves that. En has been through a lot in the last three issues. Here in issue four the emotion comes to ahead and provides some great and clear development.
There are some key character development moments in this issue. En has always been a three-dimensional character but thanks to Lights incredible writing, issue four takes it to another level – balancing the personalities of each character perfectly to represent the best & worst qualities of a person.
Lights pulls some big threads in issue 4 – Priest’s storyline is revisited and given a justifiable ‘conclusion’. However, being the great storyteller Lights is, there is another thread to keep the mystery going. The other is how the issue ends. Lights does a great job at building to that and when it comes to the reveal the impact hits you.
Issue four splits into two chapters to focus on the two album tracks it visually represents.‘We Were Here’ and ‘Kicks’ are different tonally. Lights does a brilliant job at showcase that in the issue. The tone and atmosphere are perfectly written within each chapter.
Lights does a great job with the art. Combined with the character driven writing, this results are these characters take center stage. Lights is amazing at capturing the personality and emotion in her art. En and TSU’S expressions are great. The art and script work in unison with each other which is fantastic to see.
Although the characters are the main focal point for the panels, Lights does an amazing job with the backgrounds. The backdrops and establishing shots are beautifully drawn adding context & personality to the panels. This is most visible is the second half of the issue as Lights draws the most beautiful landscapes.
The beauty of these panels is also down to how fantastic the colors are. Shading conveys tone, mood, and perspective perfectly. The hues Lights uses for the sky set the atmosphere for that chapter wonderfully.
Overall Issue 4 is the best issue so far and Lights doesn’t put a foot wrong. If you are not reading this I highly recommend you do.