Paranormal Hitmen #3
Behemoth Comics 2021
Written by Brett Murphy
Illustrated & Lettered by Wilson Gandolfo
Coloured by Matt Kund
The Paranormal Hitmen have arrived in the Afterlife! Alfonso Carboni is on a mission to find the ghosts that would like to have their revenge on Gene and Devon. Will Gene and Devon be able to stop Alfonso Carboni while saving Darla and Tori? Who is the mystery man helping Gene and Devon? Take a trip to the Afterlife!
This is the best book you aren’t reading right now. You have no idea just how good a buddy comedy this really is if you aren’t reading this and it has so much more going for it than you could possibly begin to comprehend. Yes they are hunting and killing ghosts now instead of people and that’s where things start to get interesting. This issue is the one that solidifies for me just how damn good this is because it kind of ties together all of the threads that we’ve been seeing into the main one. This causes the whole tension aspect to rise and I’m sorry but it is delicious in how it keeps us guessing.
The way that this is being told is sensational. The story & plot development through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exceptionally well. I like the unexpected moments that happen throughout that ties the boys lives into what they are currently doing. The character development that we see is amazing and it’s fun to boot as the dialogue we see is so incredibly on point. Plus how we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances they encounter keep them feeling like real guys. The pacing is superb and the way that we see this taking us through the journey is beautifully done.
I really like how we see this being structured and how the layers within the story grow, strengthen and evolve as well as merge in some really wonderfully weird ways. Past, Present and Future all tie up in what we see here and with Gina doing her thing the intrigue factor skyrockets past the atmosphere. The way that everything works together to create the story’s ebb & flow is really spectacular and then to see how it also moves the story forward is delightful to see.
The interiors here are fantastic. Yes it has this cartoon style to it and making this an adult animation film would be the most brilliant thing to see ever. The linework is sensational and how it’s utilised to create the detail work is marvellous. The city we see in the Afterlife as a pin-up is to die for! It is gorgeously rendered and the detail and the colours are brilliantly chosen. How we see backgrounds being utilised and how they work within the composition of the panels bring us this great depth perception, sense of scale and that overall sense of size and scope of the story is masterfully done. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a stupendous eye for storytelling. The colour work is beautifully rendered as well. We see different areas with different techniques for laying the colour down and the hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is rendered extremely well.
I’m really impressed with how we see this being written and how there is so much more depth and complexity to this than I thought I’d ever see. It started out with this feel of being something else and with each issue it morphs into something else that is stronger, more interesting and dynamic. Behemoth has some great titles that are quirky yet solid so I really think you need to take a chance and ask your store to grab these for you!