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The Blue Flame #3

by Steven Leitman 11 months ago in comics
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Vault Comics

The Blue Flame #3

Vault Comics 2021

Written by Christopher Cantell

Illustrated by Adam Gorham

Coloured by Kurt Michael Russell

Lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

It’s been seven months since the incident, and Sam Brausam is alive… if you can call it that. He’s barely learned to walk again, his spirit seems broken beyond repair, and the booze and pain pills aren’t doing his recovery any favors. His sister Dee—now eight months pregnant—and her boyfriend Mateo have moved into the old family home in order to help care for him. Meanwhile, the Blue Flame continues to build his case to defend humanity from extinction. But seven months into the discovery phase of the trial, the Tribunal Consensus is growing impatient.

Normally I’m not a fan of moving so far in advance but in this case it’s fully warranted as we needed time for Sam to survive the surgeries and get back into the home and kind of settle into a routine, well one would think. I do like that we open up the way that we do, seeing Sam in all his glory with his scars and backside as he has to navigate to the bathroom. Now I’m more curious than ever to know how his powers affect how he walks or how his healing has been going. Also why is he fine when he’s off world or this literally just a dream? Inquiring minds want to know.

I am absolutely loving the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exceptionally well. The character development that we see through the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how they act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter continues to flesh them out beautifully. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing more and more of the story we become more and more engaged in what we see.

I am really rather enjoying seeing the way that this is being structured and how the layers within the story emerge, continue to grow, evolve and strengthen. That the layers contain the characterisation, the plot twists and so much more and what these do whether they work with the main arc or now they add such great depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is achieved exceedingly well.

The interiors here are pretty darn spectacular. The linework we see is phenomenal and how the varying weights and techniques that are being utilised to create this level & quality of detail work is extraordinary. The way that backgrounds are utilised to enhance and expand the moments as well as 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 is magnificent to see. 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 show such a great eye for how colour works.

This is a brilliant little series that really takes the reader by surprise at how complex and interesting that it really is. This is incredibly engaging, interesting and thought provoking for a myriad of reasons and it really depends upon the reader and what they take away from their experience. For me this is a spectacularly written story with great dramatic characterisation and some mind numbing interiors. It really takes us to these places that nonone ever expects it to go and quite honestly it makes you wonder why we’ve never seen it before.


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Steven Leitman

Just me talking about the comics I enjoy reading, ones that you might not know exist and spotlighting the indie creators that excite me.

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