Comic Review: Lightstep #4 (Dark Horse)

Lightstep issue 4, from Dark Horse, starts out with a very striking cover. It’s wraparound, making it all the more compelling. A woman with a mask crouches over a man. […]

Lightstep issue 4, from Dark Horse, starts out with a very striking cover.

It’s wraparound, making it all the more compelling. A woman with a mask crouches over a man. She’s ‘en pointe’. and looking dangerous. And that’s just the start of another fascinating issue of Lightstep.

If you’ve been following the comic, or even reading my reviews of each issue, you already know the setting. This time around, January, our female lead, takes a bit of a back seat; instead, Jazzman, the space pirate, is being pursued by an assassin team bent on revenge. The assassins are breathtakingly tall ‘ladies’ if we can say that; highly trained ballerina killers!!

The story by Milo Slavkovic and Mirko Topalski introduces characters, concepts and twists like there is no tomorrow; and other aspects of this series lead us to believe that yesterday and tomorrow are indeed just concepts, easily discarded. The artwork by Milos Slavkovic is simply stellar. Carefully drawn figures, detailed space opera scenes, beautiful battles, it’s all here! And HMT Studio contributes spectacular colour; subtle when needed, bold when wanted.

You’ll want to read this miniseries, which ends with the next issue.

Dark Horse Lightstep #4, $3.99 for 29 pages of content. Not rated, assume Teen+

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