In Reaver, Essen Breaker has come to chew bubblegum and kick ass. Okay, actually he’s come after The Watch to rescue the children of Haas Haden, but by the time you get through reading this you’ll realize they’ll wish he had come for gum. A lot happens in a very swift pace in this issue, and you will not believe how it ends. The brutality, shocks, and twist continue in Reaver #10.
I’m not sure which moment is cooler — Essen Breaker saving the children of Haas Haden, or the ending. One thing I do know is that the story just keeps getting better and better with each entry. Above all else, we really get to see Essen Breaker embrace being a hero and inflict some serious damage to his enemies. He’s focused, determined and…he’s got a Rekala?
Rekala continues to be the same crazy, knife-wielding assassin she’s been since the start of the book. She’s the peanut butter to Essen Breaker’s jelly. Aside from the characters, the dialogue in this book is very minimal, which coincides brilliantly with the action of the story. Things move at a very quick pace and a lot of previous details, like, “what is The Watch doing with the kids?” are revealed.
The art by Niko Henrichon is simply phenomenal. It’s powerful, intense, and does an excellent job moving the story forward. Trust me when I tell you, watching Henrichon create panels like Essen jumping from a flaming boat dual wielding axes is worth buying this book alone. He really does an awesome job fleshing out just how skillful Essen Breaker is. He also makes great use of facial expressions and motion-filled moments as well.
Becky Cloonan, who has illustrated the covers since the start of this series, does yet another amazing job with this one. Issue #10’s cover is bold, scary and literally stares into your soul. I love how it also reflects the events of the story, seeing as how Essen Breaker fights the same person. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the last in the Grim After arc.
Reaver #10 is a fun, fun, fun, issue that will leave your jaw on the floor, ready for more. This is one issue you’ll want to read twice just to catch the extra amount of detail on each page. The pacing, entertainment level and everything in between are right on point. Do yourself a solid and add this to your pull list the next time you’re at your local comic shop.
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