The Black Beetle: No Way Out #4
Story & Art by Francesco Francavilla
Lettering by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 12, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
The Black Beetle #4 is the EPIC conclusion to the first miniseries for Francesco Francavilla‘s creation. I’m very happy to say, it measures up to the previous three issues.
Writer and artist Francesco Francavilla wraps up this excellent miniseries with more of the same – excellence. I have to tell you, even though I’ve been reading this character for four issues, it really feels like I’m very familiar with The Beetle and his universe. It’s like when you read a comic that you haven’t read in years and a wave of nostalgia comes rushing back. While I won’t spoil it, this issue is full of really shocking resolutions to the mysteries that have been running in the book, and, of course, leaves the door open for The Black Beetle’s next miniseries.
The art is, naturally, spectacular. Francavilla won a much-deserved Eisner award last year for his fantastic covers, and here, you get not only an Eisner-worthy cover, but you also get that same quality in each sequential and double-page spread. This is really the reason the term “eye candy” was invented. You can easily just stare at these pages for hours.
If you haven’t been reading this series, shame on you. If you have an affinity for pulp heroes of any kind, this is the book for you. If you like super heroes, this book is for you. If you’re a fan of great comics that entertain from cover to cover, this book is for you. Did I leave anyone out? If I did, this is the book for you.