Abbott #4 by Saladin Ahmed, Illustrated by Sami Kivela, Colored by Jason Wordie, Lettered by Jim Campbell, Cover by Taj Tenfold, Boom Studios

A lot happens in this issue. And maybe that’s the problem.

We pick up where we’ve left off–and things are pretty bad for Abbott. She’s hit rock bottom–or at least she thinks she has. Some things are said between Abbott and her ex-husband. Someone dies, and I didn’t see that coming–and didn’t know the character THAT well, so it didn’t feel as momentous as I think it might have.

Than Abbott gets a tip and everything just gets worse. She burns bridges and has to do everything herself. She asks for help–but maybe not in the right way.

While the art and characters are as wonderful as the previous issues, this is the first issue that didn’t feel completely natural. The main reason for this was the death, which hints at some emotional event, but the character who is killed isn’t real enough (like the other characters in this piece) to pull off the emotional impact needed.

I’ll definitely get the 5th and final issue when it comes out, but a run of 5 issues it is, perhaps, difficult to create the type of connection these characters and this world deserves.

Abbott #3 by Saladin Ahmed, Illustrated by Sami Kivela, Colored by Jason Wordie, Lettered by Jim Campbell, Cover by Taj Tenfold, Boom Studios

Like any good story, the tension heightens, the plot thickens the deeper you go. Of course, as this is #3 of 5, You can count on something drastic happening.

jan181347The Story: The progress of the story works here, but it is a little predictable. A minor character has gone missing, another black man is killed, and Abbott finds a lead that sends her to a professor who might know more about what is going on. But all of this, doesn’t lead up to what you might think. Abbott is fighting on all fronts here and the ultimate conclusion of this issue isn’t one you expect–though look back at #1 and #2, you’ll realize you should have.

The Art: Again, the artists have made something really wonderful. The break up of panels is done in an interesting way, contrasting colors typically run up against each other, and despite the lack of flashbacks and a limited character pool, I never felt like Abbott was living in a void. The scenes in which she there are more people, the artist do a great job of making the world feel populated.

Conclusion: Would I recommend this series to a friend? At a run of 5 issues, I would have recommended it after the first issue. The thing is, there hasn’t been any drop off at all in terms of my interest in this piece, and though only slated for 5 issues–I and the local comic shop owner, are crossing our fingers for a second run.

Abbott #2 by Saladin Ahmed, Illustrated by Sami Kivela, Colored by Jason Wordie, Lettered by Jim Campbell, Cover by Taj Tenfold, Boom Studios

Like most comics, issue #1 ends on something of a cliffhanger. luckily, in #2 we don’t have to wait long to find out what happens.

0d7be9a377f16cd3c7768c759c5f9568_xlInjured, Abbott finds herself in the hospital getting some stitched, but she is otherwise alright. The editor of the Detroit Daily checks in on her and tries to get her to drop the case. Of course, she does no such thing.

We’re introduced to a new character in this issue, Sebastian Crowe, who owns a magic shop. His look is Native American, with his long dark hair and tasseled leather jacket, and striking features, but the shop itself has artifacts from all over the world. It gives the issue a very Buffy The Vampire Slayer (post high school) feel to the issue.

Abbott is trying to find out about the decapitated horse, but also a young black man who was murdered that the cops just don’t care about. She finds out what happened to both of them in this issue, but it’s not what you’d think.

A Note on The Coloring:

I think the coloring of this series does a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of era. All the colors seemed to be picked from a 70s color wheel for interior decorating. Every frame feels like a snapshot from the era and puts in right in the action. The attention to detail in terms of the coloring is one of my favorite parts of the presentation.