Comic Review: Crimson Lotus #4 (Dark Horse)

Dark Horse’s Crimson Lotus continues to be a fun read. Issue 4 brings us new insight in this supernatural thriller. Writer John Arcudi, with artist Mindy Lee and colourist Michelle […]

Dark Horse’s Crimson Lotus continues to be a fun read. Issue 4 brings us new insight in this supernatural thriller.

Writer John Arcudi, with artist Mindy Lee and colourist Michelle Madsen combine forces to tell us this tale of spies in China, attacked by a sinister force. In this issue, Die Jieh is in grave danger, and only a last-minute reprieve can save him! It’s the Crimson Lotus, raising hell!

If you’re a new reader of Crimson Lotus, like me, it takes a few pages to get your bearings. But soon enough, you too are reveling at the nicely paced mayhem. The bad guys glow in the dark sometimes, making it easier to spot them! The script is witty and informative. The book is dramatic and action-packed. Things happen at a rapid clip, which is just the way I like a comic!

Mindy Lee draws excellent figures and surroundings; full of action and mood. Madsen’s colours are apt and minimal. They add to the drama, but don’t ‘sing above the choir’; as I mention, the combined forces of this team make this a comic to check out! * This title may be concluding with the very next issue!

Dark Horse, Crimson Lotus #4. $3.99 for 20 pages of content. Not rated, assume Teen

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!