December 26, 2011

A Thrilling Conclusion: YI SOON SHIN # 4

Hard to believe that it has been a year and a half since the whole Yi Soon Shin series began. Yes, I know the creator semi-well (we've been at events together); yes, I've blogged about this series before. So now that we've reached the conclusion, I only have one complaint:

I don't want this series to end. I want more.

No, it's not a narrative complaint - after three issues of set-up, this is the big battle issue. It's not bad - in fact, it's "big screen" approach to medieval history works well, since the naval battles are staged extremely well. It also helps that Giovanni Timpano's art and Adriana De Los Santos' coloring really bring out the best in Onrie Kompan's and David Anthony Kraft's writing - this is as much a visual treat as it is a literary one. In short, this is as much a great book to look at for the art as well as a pretty strong read.

In addition, there are some pretty strong reveals (which I won't mention in detail, simply to avoid spoiling the issue) - these are strong moments dramatically, and thankfully, never descend into drama for its own sake. Although there might be one or two story beats that may seem familiar, it is more to make this story more familiar to contemporary readers than, say, setting up a sequel.

And yes, there is a trade to be released in 2012, but I would suggest picking up this well as the three issues proceeding it. Each issue is a strong, self-contained read, but together, they flow relatively well.

But you definitely don't want to wait for the trade. Comics that are this good deserve to be read sooner, rather than later.

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