Writer Christa Faust and artist Mike Deodato Jr. get readers pumped for the showdown of all showdowns in Redemption #4. The story builds up an insanely good amount of tension as we move towards the fifth and final issue. Here we watch as protagonist Rose Obregon makes one last-ditch effort to convince the legendary gunslinger Cat “The Butcher” Tanner to return to the town of Redemption with her and rescue her mother. But if The Butcher goes back she won’t just be facing her ex-lover Inez, but the sins of her past as well.
It’s clear by now that Faust has a niche for creating smart, badass, well-developed original characters that push the boundaries of storytelling. So it’s no surprise that Faust has crafted such a tortured but skillful and refreshing character like The Butcher. Redemption #4 challenges The Butcher to put her past behind her and make the right choice. It’s a fun and fulfilling issue that lays more backstory on just how the legend of The Butcher came to be.
The artwork keeps its edgy and gritty tone along with great usage of close-range panel shots to emphasize the brutality and emotion of the story. One thing that’s always impressive about Deodato is his ability to keep his illustrations so diverse. Other than that, the pacing is great, transitions are on point and the action sequences are top-notch. The last entry should be a doozy.
Redemption #4 sets up a perfect path of destruction that’s guaranteed to make you come back for the final issue. It’s fun and pretty violent but in a good way. If you’re not up to date on the series, now is the time to get caught up.
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