Seven Secrets #10
BOOM! Studios 2020
Written by Tom Taylor
Illustrated by Daniele Di Nicuolo
Coloured by Walter Baiamonte
Colour Assists by Katia Ranalli
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Will Amon be able to capitalize on the Order's fragility to destroy it once and for all?
Still reeling from their losses, the Keepers must come together for a momentous decision... one that will leave Casper at a difficult crossroads.
If Amon and the Seekers strike in this moment, they may be able to capture all the remaining secrets, and with it wipe out the Order.
This is a nice little series. Caspar’s life has been turned upside down repeatedly and now he finds himself on the run with his mother and the other Keepers trying to ensure that Amon doesn’t gain any more power. It is a lot to ask a teenager to be a part of but he’s handled himself extremely well through all of this thus far. The writing here has been exemplary and with this issue we see the last secret revealed, okay we see that’s been revealed but the reader isn’t privy to knowing what these secrets actually are, and it seems to have changed everything we’ve thought about in this series to date. What an incredible thing to have happen and what a way to keep the reader on their toes continuously.
The way this story is being told is pretty darn spectacular. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exquisitely. The character development we see through the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how they act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter has been magnificently rendered. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists & turns along with the story itself it grips the reader and keeps their adrenaline pumping.
I am enjoying the way that this is being structured and how we see the layers continuing to the layers within the story continue to grow, evolve and strengthen while new ones emerge. The layers and the avenues being explored as well as new avenues to take and whether they work with the main arc or swirl around it they add depth, dimension and complexity to the story beautifully. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how they move the story forward is impeccably achieved.
I like the all-ages style interiors here even though this is far from all-ages. It adds this endearing quality to the book that makes you want to like the characters all the more. The linework is strong, clean and crisp and how the varying weights and techniques are being utilised to create the detail work is amazingly well rendered. I love the fact that we see backgrounds being utilised as they really enhance the moments and how they work within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkably talented eye for storytelling. The colour work is brilliantly rendered. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is beautifully done. That harlequin inspired mask is utterly gorgeous no matter if its shining in the sun of in the shade because those colours really make it pop!
There is some great intrigue here and we’re seeing more of it come to life with so much greatness behind it. I really like how we see these characters come together and then separate as they have their assignments and it’s time to kick some booty. This has some amazing writing and characterisation and these utterly charming interiors making this action/adventure series one you just can’t afford to miss!