Mark gets pulled into a (potentially justifiable) murder plot. Since this is Postal, I really shouldn’t even need to ask The Question, but Russ and Patrick murder a kitten whenever any of the AiPT staff leave it out of their reviews, so…
Is it good?
Postal #8 (Top Cow Productions)
- Oh snap, that creepy child murderer dude is going to kill a kitten.
- Wait…did he kill the kitten or not?
- Contrary to popular perception, Asperberger’s syndrome does not negate a person’s ability to be subtle or perceptive…especially when it’s someone as smart as Mark.
- Geez, Maggie really wants to kill this creepy child murderer dude.
- But is he really a child murderer? I mean, he certainly looks like one, but he says he’s not. Of course, he might just be psychotic and/or a lying sociopath, which is well within the realm of personality spectrums you’d find in Eden.
- Ugh. Stop making me feel conflicted about this guy, Hawkins/Hill. What if I keep feeling sympathetic for him and he really does end up being a horrible person?
- ‘Wall of fire.’ I see what you did there, Hawkins/Hill.
- I’m not sure who scares me more: Mark’s mom or Maggie.
- Is that who I think it is?
Is It Good?
Curse you, Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill. You’re supposed to make everything perfectly clear and simple so I know exactly how to feel. Instead, you’ve chosen to challenge your readers with the idea that we don’t always get to know the right or wrong answer—or the right/wrong way to feel.
In all seriousness, this issue does a masterful job playing with the reader’s emotions. Maggie’s scary now, Mark’s mom is looking vulnerable, and poor Mark himself is caught in the middle.
Much like the possible child murderer, we are never told exactly how to perceive any these characters. Their motives and viewpoints are unreliable at best. The only person we can truly trust is Mark and his concrete reasoning.
As far as the ending is concerned, I’m pretty sure I know who that was, but I’m not 100% sure. Hill/Hawkins could have done a better job setting up the cliffhanger, but the (probable) payoff should be pretty huge.
On the art side of things, Goodart is great as usual, but colorist Betsy Gona deserves additional praise for the fire scene. The pages actually felt as if they were glowing off the page…and no, smartasses, it wasn’t because my iPad’s brightness was turned up too high.
Another month, another issue of top-notch storytelling and compelling characters. If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that Postal will always deliver (and that I’ll use a mail pun to praise it).