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‘The Cull’ #4 is mostly setup for the finale

‘The Cull’ #4 sends the kids back to Earth, and it’s not looking good.

The Cull returns this week for its penultimate issue just as the main characters return from a magical world that has given them powers. Under threat, the gang rushes to the cave that brings them back to our Earth, but what they find is frightening. Something has happened, and in this issue, we learn just how bad it’s gotten, likely due to their adventure.

Picking up from The Cull #3, this issue takes a decidedly more horror angle with the story. A monolithic monster stands four stories tall along the beach with shoes and beach gear strewn everywhere. What happened to everyone, and how long were they gone for? Quickly, two teenagers use their powers to put the beast to sleep, showing their newfound powers are somewhat easy to handle even with only having them for a few minutes.

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Darkness and dread hang over this issue. The teens are immediately worried for their families and concerned this is all their fault. As the issue progresses, we get some key details, like the U.S. military can’t do much against the monstrous threats.

'The Cull' #4 review

Not looking good, guys.
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Besides those details, writer Kelly Thompson utilizes dialogue to get some key elements straight, particularly why each teen has a specific power. The connection between their powers and their personalities is laid bare, even if it’s a bit on the nose and easily determined by the “leader” of the group. Much of this issue is devoted to the teens sitting around talking, making for a less exciting and imaginative issue in the series. Much of what is said seems to be setup for the finale so the super-powered teens can use said powers in an earned way.

The final few pages are exciting, however. The teens, for the most part, are trying to avoid conflict and any monster sightings, but there’s a realistic reason for them to come head to head at the very end.

Mattia De Iulis shows off their powers subtly, and the entire color palette is a stark contrast to the bright last issue. The world the teens find is gloomy, with green hues and cloudy skies. It’s as if all the bright positivity of the magical realm has sapped the real world of any color. The only color is in the kids’ short bursts of power, which glows mesmerizingly. Facial expressions continue to be a highlight, with fabulous acting throughout.

The Cull #4 is a good issue, although it suffers a bit as it devotes itself to setting up the finale in a few different ways. Mostly a downer, this issue sets up a battle that only these teens can win, all the while learning a little bit more about themselves.

'The Cull' #4 is mostly setup for the finale
‘The Cull’ #4 is mostly setup for the finale
The Cull #4
The Cull #4 is a good issue, although it suffers a bit as it devotes itself to setting up the finale in a few different ways. Mostly a downer, this issue sets up a battle that only these teens can win, all the while learning a little bit more about themselves.
Reader Rating1 Votes
7.8
Sets up the finale well with gloom and doom
Nice subtle use of powers
A lot of setup with little payoff
Connecting the powers to the personalities is interesting although feels a touch presumptuous in its delivery
8
Good
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