It’s been a wild ride for Jim, an ex-con who was just trying to turn his life around. In the last three issues, we’ve discovered that his son needs a new kidney. Things were looking up when he found an old sports car he wanted to fix — unfortunately, the car turned out to have the subconscious mind of a woman named Gillian stuck in it, and now her evil 70 year-old sister has kidnapped Jim’s son because she wants the car. Chariot #4 sees Gillian train Jim for a one-on-one showdown with Gillian’s sister. Will it be enough?
The protagonist in the story has been put through the wringer since we first turned the page on issue #1. Writer Bryan Edward Hill has continued to put obstacle after obstacle in front of Jim, and I’m here for it. If you want to measure a man’s true integrity, put something he loves on the line and watch what he’ll do. That’s been the driving force in this story.
Chariot #4 sees Jim endure some intense training at the hands of Gillian by putting his subconscious temporarily inside the same car Gillian is stuck inside. Not only does it make for some incredible Matrix-type moments in the book, but it piques the reader’s curiosity to see if Jim’s transformation will be enough to stop Gillian’s sister. But more importantly, will Jim ever be the same after spending time inside the car’s world? After all, Gillian did mention briefly in issue #2 that she wanted a body of her own.
Priscilla Petraite’s layout of Gillian’s world inside the car is visually stunning. The holographic imagery makes the book feel like you’re playing a video game. There is some brief and unexpected nudity this go-round, so you’ve been warned. Also, colorist Marko Lesko’s vivid and inventive color scheme gives the book the pop and badassery it needs.
Desperate times call for desperate measures in Chariot #4. The story builds up great tension and anticipation for the rematch between Jim and Gillian’s sister. He got thrown out of a window during their first encounter. Hopefully, the second falls more in his favor. Only time will tell in the next issue.
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