Comic Review: Step by Bloody Step #4 (Image Comics)

Time is a precious thing. All things must come to an end. With every ending, there is a beginning, and every beginning requires reflection in order for old things to […]

Time is a precious thing. All things must come to an end. With every ending, there is a beginning, and every beginning requires reflection in order for old things to bloom into something new. Secrets are revealed that will change everything.

Si Spurrier has crafted a wonderful work of art that is not only a shining example of why the comics medium is beautiful but also exemplifies that it can be poetic in more ways than one. Witnessing the journey that the protagonist, the woman, undergoes, and the hard lessons that she learns as she embarks on the final stretch of the tale is nothing short of bittersweet and wholesome. It is amazing how Spurrier was able to pace each issue with enough time and focus for the story to develop as organically as it did in order for it to reach a satisfying conclusion that I don’t think anyone saw coming. What makes this book more special is how Spurrier allows for the artists to take his script and embellish it in the only way that they could.

Matias Begara and Matheus Lopes drive the book home all the way to the finish line with their combined effort of illustration and colorwork. The emotional pacing that carries Spurrier’s writing to full visual fruition which is seen through its execution due to the art by this duo. There’s enough style and a ton of emotion incorporated into the book that it shines through without the need for dialogue. The art conveys so much story in itself that it is a wonderful reading experience that can be grasped without confusion.

It’s hard to imagine what the book would have been like if it had a ton of dialogue, and it is one of those few times that it works best as is. Emma Price provides beautiful design work for the overall aesthetic of the book and Jim Campbell does an excellent job contributing glyphological bits here and there. This has been a wonderful limited series that is beautifully crafted from start to finish. It’s worth adding to your pull list and owning this in trade. Pick this up for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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