Tuesday, May 21, 2013

365 Comics...140: Non-Humans #3 (2013)

It's been a bit of a wait since last issue but it's worth it.  It's a dense read, and even though it clocks in at 26 pages (more than your average DC or Marvel book) it feels even more substantial than that.  I really enjoy this world that Glen Brunswick and Whilce Portacio continue to build.  In fact I like the world building (and character building) so much that it feels almost like the main story is getting in way of a great hypothetical societal drama.  With the opening few pages focusing on Detective Aimes' son, his non-human girlfriend and their non-human "family" it almost seemed we moved past the NH killer but I'm also glad we didn't.  There's a revolt brewing and it's devious and dastardly and actually quite serious (kind of a Conquest of the Planet of the Apes vibe only somewhat less sympathetic given the distinction between freedom fighting and casual genocide), and where before we were shown the world's shades of grey, here we quite clearly are seeing its blacks and whites (it's a gradient metaphor not a racial one).  Also, Portacio's art makes the NH's feel extremely NH... they kind of creep me the eff out.  It's very effective given the heavy subject matter.

I've forgotten already... this is a 4-issue series, right?  Man, I want there to be a follow-up... it doesn't even need to be the same cast.  I  just want to explore this world more.

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