Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #4 marks the end of the mini-series, as well as the conclusion for the second segment of the creative team’s celebrity-culture-based horror saga. Does the story end on a satisfying note? Does it compare favorably to the original Glitterbomb‘s strong conclusion?
I’ve had mixed opinions on Glitterbomb: The Fame Game since it began. While each issue has been reliably good, I’ve still been waiting for the quality level to pick up a bit and to feel fully sold on this latest chapter of the Glitterbomb mythos. I’m happy to say that The Fame Game #4 does just that–it sells me on what the creative team is doing with Kaydon, and it successfully navigates negative aspects of celebrity culture that the first mini-series didn’t already cover. Kaydon has grown as a character throughout volume two, and in this issue we get to see her take charge of her life and circumstances in really satisfying ways.
A lot of my satisfaction with this issue stems from its conclusion. Up until now, The Fame Game has felt a little too predictable. That’s definitely not the case here–clues to Kaydon’s climactic actions are peppered throughout, but they led me personally to predictions that didn’t match up with the issue’s actual events. This presence of both hints and the subversion of said hints creates successful senses of tension and momentum, all without spelling things out too bluntly.
The rest of my fondness for this issue stems from its artwork. Penciler Djibril Morissette-Phan does a solid job conveying characters’ emotions throughout, and Kaydon’s plot-line is only strengthened by their work. Colorist K. Michael Russell also delivers strong work as always, contributing largely to the issue’s moods. Particularly impressive is Russell’s rendering of shading and light sources–an important thing to get right in a series all about what takes place both in front of and behind cameras.
Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #4 doesn’t disappoint. It concludes the series satisfactorily without being predictable, and it brings Kaydon’s character arc to a strong close (that is, of course, assuming that she doesn’t play as pivotal of a role in Glitterbomb‘s potential third arc). The art team also delivers some of their best work thus far here. I do still have some complaints–occasionally the rendering on characters faces got iffy, and there were a couple of sequences that could have been a bit clearer. Overall, though, this issue is a great ending to what was previously just a good series. Here’s hoping Glitterbomb part three comes to fruition.
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