One of my favorite indy horror comics is back for a second issue, and this issue doesn't disappoint at all.
John Morris was killed last issue. We saw him die, right? His body was placed in the morgue and everything. But we also saw him come back to life, wander the Earth and create horrible visions in the minds of some of the very horrible people who live on the periphery of our everyday lives. This issue deepens the story that began in issue #2, gives more context and adds to the horror in an exciting and at times even elegant way. It's really goddamn good.
Man, that Yves Guichet can really fucking draw. The way he composes his panels, the way his people look and the way he arranges panels on the page are absolutely professional and top-notch. Just look at the panel below and consider the way he draws the faces of all those people in the crowd. Each person is unique and distinct, and has a very specific look and feel to them. This isn't just the result of good cartooning – it's the result of confident and intelligent artwork that has been practiced and refined over a long period of time. Even more, the quality of the art presented here allows us to really feel the writer's theme that all of us have secrets and mysteries in us – everyone drawn looks intriguing and complex to me, but they all also obviously have specific inner lives.
And because Guichet can deliver a scene like that one, he's also able to deliver more difficult scenes. Notice how wonderful the storytelling is in this complex flashback scene that juxtaposes a flashback with a reaction in the modern day that really intensifies both the past and the present. This sort of moment is very hard to draw well, but Guichet pulls it off really effectively and smartly.
All of this sophisticated artwork goes a long way towards making the more outrageous and strange stories feel much more realistic. There are several major shocks in this story, especially on the last page, and Guichet's art makes those shocks feel even more shocking than they would be at the hands of a less skilled or experienced artist.
And this story definitely doesn't skimp with the horror elements, either, whether the horrible events unfold in a small cabin in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories or on the streets of Chicago or in a costume shop on the eve of Halloween. There's a feeling of deep scope and depth and complexity to the background of this story, a sense that there are major events afoot in this comic and that we're only coming to realize the depth of horror that we'll soon experience as this series proceeds.
Man of God is yet another great example of a great Fair Trade Comic. The three creators of this comic came together to create this intriguing book, investing their time and energy and passion to presenting a work that is uniquely their own. Their passion and intelligence shines through every panel. This is fucking great stuff.