Incursion #4 Review: Look to the West
“Incursion” #4 wraps this mini with some nice sword-swinging, a good conclusion and a promise of more sinister stuff to come. Warning: minor spoilers ahead.
Story: Andy Diggle & Alex Paknadel
Script: Alex Paknadel
Art: Doug Braithwaite
Colors: Diego Rodriguez & Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
With his work on “Incursion” and his ongoing run on “Kino,” Paknadel’s establishing himself as a dual force in comics. He’s equally deft with established character as he is in his creator-owned work, and “Incursion” serves both as a nice onboarding to the Eternal Warrior character and an interesting iteration in Gilad’s overall story.
Put simply: Paknadel sticks the landing in “Incursion” #4. Emotionally, Gilad’s journey into true fatherhood is complete thanks to a little nudging from Auntie Shan, and there’s plenty of challenges in store for future runs thanks to some of the decisions Gilad makes in this issue. As far as the action goes, there’s plenty of hacking and slashing, and a satisfying ending for Virago after the pain and suffering she inflicts on Tama, Gilad and the rest of Earth. The plot wraps very nicely without feeling trite or too stitched up, and Paknadel adds a nice, ghoulish touch to Tama’s resurrection that’ll hopefully pay off someday soon. Paknadel knows how to deliver a satisfying story while keeping things esoteric and properly weird.
Visually, my favorite part of this issue is seeing Virago in action. She’s quite agile, and Braithwaite makes good on the insectoid promise of her character design in her fighting style. As the book’s progressed she’s looked more and more haggard and frail, and to see this last burst of energy before the inevitable conclusion is very satisfying. Tama’s reappearance is heralded by some nice visual touches, and Braithwaite’s narrow vertical panels in on that page in particular help slow down the moment and stretch out the impact.
Rodriguez and Paciarotti’s work in this issue helps sell both Virago’s demise and the resurrection of Earth, with some nice golden hues in the latter half of the issue to defeat all of that sickly green and grey that follows Virago around. Dillon’s work is solid, and with Virago taking center stage in this issue, my favorite balloon styling is on full display. There’s one large sound effect that could do with some thicker outlining to define it on the page, but the choice doesn’t entirely diminish the moment.
Overall, “Incursion” is both an entertaining action story and a touching rumination on father-child relationships. There’s something here for everyone to enjoy, so pick up the final issue this Wednesday wherever fine comics are sold.
“Incursion” #4 delivers a satisfying ending to an entertaining and heartfelt mini.