"Act Two: Nooses"
Writer: Fabien Nicieza
Artists: Stefano Raffaele
Publisher: Dark Horse
This issue of Blackburne Covenant is a little slow due to our hero Kaine wallowing in self-pity. He has every right and reason to feel regret and rue since the villains of the piece murdered his girlfriend while they were on vacation.
Normally when the villains take the center stage, and the hero seems less enabled than he should act, I begin to lose interest rather quickly. However, Mr. Nicieza while crippling the hero still shows him to be strong and gives hope that he will soon take a proactive stance against the evil that has plagued him.
The scenes where the hero becomes aware of the Greenway and dreams of his characters foreshadow the cliffhanger and also adds to the idea that there is a rose at the end of this thorny stem.
Stefano Raffael's artwork adds to the realism of the book and provides the contrast needed for an unbelievable, fantastic element to stand out. His scenes, with the sepia palette of Elena Sanjust, interest through a faux tactile illusion provided by designer David Nestelle. The panels appear to be illustrated on the old rough-grain paper that you would find in the pages of an old tome, and this certainly suits a dark fantasy involving an author who has ties to a medieval time.
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