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Skinwalker #4

Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2002
By: Ray Tate

Writer: Nunzio DeFillippis & ChristinaWeir
Artists: Brian Hurtt, Arthur Dela Cruz (finishes)
Publisher: Oni

Ever notice how some comic book mini-series peter out toward the end? It's as if their own enui has caught up with them. Not Skinwalker. The book started strong, continued strong and finished strongest.

The climax, without falling for a ridiculous increase in "budget" to induce pyrotechnics, is a suspenseful ending dependent on the cast of characters that is ready-made for a movie directed by say Clint Eastwood. Even a short plane ride in the middle of this chapter which seems like an interlude just barely alters the delivery of the thrills.

The artwork though still a little to dark in the gray shadow department represents intricate cinematography that heightens the tension to the very end. Skinwalker is a ready made storyboard.

I wish I could say more about this book, but the writers have placed me in a difficult position. To say anything in detail will ruin the surprises and rob from the book it's punch. In all good conscience I cannot do that. Let me just say, that Skinwalker stars characters for whom you care--you really hope they'll come out alive from this experience--in a finely paced story that benefits from excellent artwork.

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