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The Eighth Seal #3 Review

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The Eighth Seal #3 Review

The First Lady is surrounded by people who don’t have the best intentions for her…which probably isn’t too far off from what many a FLOTUS has had to deal with over the years. But Amelia Greene’s problems include demons and the possible end of the world.

This month, The Eighth Seal sheds some light on what’s going on behind the scenes along with what happens when Greene’s problems come to light on a public stage.

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Is it good?

The Eighth Seal #3 (IDW Publishing)


The Plot

  • As if interviews weren’t bad enough…
  • Okay, demon possessed or not, anyone who lobbies for a longer school year is clearly a horrible person.
  • Sorry sorry sorry I take back what I said please please please be okay…
  • The Chief of Staff and his kid have a weird dynamic, but somehow it works…I think.
  • Cult fashion has come along way since the Heaven’s Gate days.
  • Congratulations to the Eighth Seal for winning the coveted Simultaneously Most Touching and Blood Curdling Dream Sequence in the History of Comics award. Your prize is a strong dose of anti-pyschotics along with an invoice of $4.78 to replace the coffee I spilled after seeing ‘The Baby Panel.’
  • Kind of saw that ending coming, but it’s still pretty ominous.

Is It Good?

Let’s start with the art, because that’s what got the biggest reaction out of me. On one hand, Jeremy Rock’s human renderings are pretty average. Never bad—sometimes even very good—but not great. His demon/monster stuff, however, is incredible. One panel in particular gave me a literal (and violent) chill that made me spill my coffee. It also caused the person sitting to my right give me a strange look. I panicked and told him I’d just held in a fart and a burp at the same time—which was still less embarrassing than admitting a that comic book scared me. It also gave me a seat to put my feet up on after he left.

Mrs. Greene understands my struggle.

The story by James Tynion finally gives us a bit more information about the main plot, though it’s not quite enough to justify the tension we’re supposed to be feeling. Rock’s art picks up the slack in that department, though.

Where Tynion truly succeeds in this issue is with Greene’s dream sequence. It’s incredibly disjointed, but in a purposeful way that’s both wonderfully surreal and supremely tragic. That type of great character work, along with Rock’s fantastic art, is more than enough to keep me coming back for more—even if the plot looks like it might be heading in a somewhat generic direction.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go buy another coffee.

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