Copperhead Vol. 3 – Ghosts of the Past | Review


Published on Feb 17, 2019


Mixing the science fiction with the crime and with the western is not operation creative to anyone. But Jay Faerber has the right touch to mix these three elements, potentially explosive, and difficult to handle, offering with a Copperhead a really interesting read.

Clara Bronson is the town's sheriff of Copperhead, the capital of the remote and dusty planet Jasper, who has the task of keeping at bay the rampant crime. But something bigger than herself and her role has upset the environment: the mayor of Copperhead was killed. Clara has the task of identifying the killer, even if behind this murder seems to hide something really dangerous.

Sheriff Bronson has had up until now, an important ally, deputy sheriff alienoide Boo, which, however, will receive an unexpected offer he could not refuse. That there is someone behind who is manipulating events to leave alone and in danger, sheriff Bronson? In the meantime, the mysterious Clay is back in freedom. That link has with this history and with the past sheriff's?

The meat on the fire is so great, and Jay Faerber manages to give the pace and arouse curiosity while reading. Sure, it would be interesting to examine some of the issues that are at the margins of history: on the war that led to the difficult coexistence between aliens and humans. But the basic storyline told in Copperhead is still quite intriguing to capture the reader's attention: the murder of the mayor of the city suggests that behind this event could be hidden a political conspiracy, and the direction that is behind these events is an ominous shadow that puts at risk the life of sheriff Bronson.

In short, the events you are find with great pace and interest. The only drawback of this third volume covers the history of the character of the Clay, still too detached from the focal center of the narrative, and that narrative line appears again as a kind of foreign body.

To enhance the texts of the Copperhead, there are drawings of Drew Moss, who in this volume gives the change in Scott Godlewsky, resulting in convincing with its lively stretch, able to give great movement. The drawings of Moss are further enhanced by the colors of Ron Riley, also very lively. The fund's vision is able to give enough realism to the environment and to the characters, even entering the needed dose of vivacity capable of not reveal the Copperhead as a story too grim (the rest of the alienoide deputy-sheriff Boo is too charming as a character, and can alone carry the story on a whole other level, accentuating the tones of sci-fi).

Ghosts of the Past is the ideal point of departure for a comic that manages to attract the reader, and to suffer less and less dilation of the narrative, which at times in the series of Image Comics was deleterious.

Saldapress offers, as usual, the great proof of caution in respect of the securities of the Image Comics. Propose Copperhead volumes is the ideal approach to reading an audience looking for a comic book capable of tapping into the mainstream, but able to be alternative and original. A reading is intriguing and is more than recommended.

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