The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #4
BOOM! Studios 2021
Written by Ram V
Illustrated by Filipe Andrade
Colour Assists by Inês Amaro
Lettered by AndWorld Design
The mortal incarnation of Death, Laila Starr, must confront the cruel nature of her role in the universe when she once again encounters the future creator of immortality who is drawing ever closer to his destiny.
Laila finds it increasingly difficult to divert the man from his path, who this time recognizes her and what she is, as he is now driven by grief from a terrible tragedy…
I am getting increasingly fond of this series with each new issue. Laila is both a straightforward and immensely complicated woman and like all people that we know she’s constantly changing and evolving. Ram is doing such a brilliant job with this story and it really is unlike anything I’ve ever read before and that originality and uniqueness is a huge part of the appeal for me. I do like the realisations that come with this issue and how it’s being seen by Darius and how he points it all out for us. It was an unexpected set of moments that occurred and I have to say that I was blown away by the conversation these two have.
I am enamoured with the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well 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 does an amazing job portraying them as people we can relate to. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing this part of the story helps us delve further in than you might expect to go.
I am pretty impressed with the way that we see this being structured and how the layers within the story continue to grow, evolve and strengthen. The layers we see contain some absolutely incredible characterisation and some good plot twists and so much more and whether they work with the main arc or simply swirl around it they add some 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.
There is a very definite style to the interiors and while we’re four issues in they’ve managed to grow on me slightly. The linework is strong and how we see the varying weights being utilised to create the detail work is well done. When we see backgrounds being utilised they do wonders in expanding and enhancing the moments and how they work within the composition of the panels to bring us depth perception, a sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story is well achieved. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a talented eye for storytelling. The colour work is extremely nice to see. The choice of colours are bold and beautiful and how the various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is sensationally well rendered.
One of the aspects of this that I appreciate is that it introduces the western world to gods and goddesses of the far east. Here in the United States we aren’t as exposed to these as we should be and I love seeing the goddess of death being forced to live as a mortal as she comes to grips with losing her godhood takes the story to a whole new heights. With some wonderful depth to the writing and characterisation with some absolutely charming interiors we’re transported to a whole new world.