CBI Review: Gutter Magic #3
Gutter Magic #3
Writer: Rich Douek
Cover: Brett Barkley, Sean Von Gorman
Art: Brett Barkley
This story has escalated quickly. I’ve probably said this before, but I must say it again. Cinder’s big adventures are gonna cost people their lives. Whether its him or Blacktooth or his family. Sooner or later, the bodies are gonna add up, and Cinder is going to have to answer for it. In the previous issue, the Morgue paid Cinder’s cousin, Victor, a visit.While there she took a part of his soul. If he wanted it back, he had to give up Cinder’s location. Thankfully, e doesn’t, but tells Cinder he has to leave soon or he’ll summon the Morgue. What can Cinder do but leave?
I love and hate Cinder’s character. At first, I wanted him to finish his quest to be a wizard, but now I think he doesn’t deserve it. Rich Douek has Cinder so set in his ways that it seems like he doesn’t care about the damage he has caused. It’s interesting to see a protagonist on a selfish journey, and I hope it comes back to bite him. Douek’s writing has gotten me so pumped that I’m seeing the best and the worst for Cinder. The twist in this book was out of the blue, and I can’t wait to see things go bad.
Brett Barkley’s art and Jules Rivera’s colors are still good. I love seeing the bright and intricate designs when it comes to spell casting. I am no longer bothered by all the hatching because it just looks right with this book. The city and skylines look absolutely fantastic from different angles. The way this creative team handles fantasy characters and creatures is really nice to look at. Nothing is over the top and nothing is lacking. I love the color schemes of the clothing, buildings, and sky. The palette blends well and gives off a fantasy steampunk feel that the story tells. Nic J Shaw’s lettering isn’t so bold, and can be a calm element on the pages. Even without the use of giant speech bubbles, Shaw’s lettering still holds all the emotion to it, along with Douek’s words.