Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review - The Black Beetle: No Way Out #3

When Colt City cries out for justice, there's one man who will answer the call. In Colt City, it's the Black Beetle. And when faced with a new foe such as Labyrinto, the Black Beetle needs to pull out all the stops in The Black Beetle: No Way Out #3.

The issue is written and illustrated by Francesco Francavilla.

After making a trip to an old club, the Black Beetle makes two startling revelations. One, the singer there is quite a catch and two, someone he thought was dead is actually still alive. While a series about the Black Beetle going on dates would be exciting, readers are clearly more interested in the latter scenario and Colt City's hero does some investigative work to get to the bottom of it all.

This is the third of four issues and things are getting heated quite quickly. Francavilla puts the Black Beetle in civilian clothes so to speak, sending him out to find out out more about the events of the first issue. What he finds isn't quite as expected, as it really second-guesses his effectiveness as a city's hero. It does afford him the chance to shine as a detective character, relying on clues and deductions to find out what his next move should be.

Francavilla's art is equally up to the task in the issue. There are a series of panels where the Black Beetle is mixing it up with a bunch of thugs and Francavilla makes the pages pop with different color filters. The panels have an old-school sensibility to them that really works. The final full-page shot is well-done and full of promise, offering the Black Beetle a destination to move towards in order to achieve his goal.

The Black Beetle: No Way Out #3 gets the series ready to conclude and it's poised to go out big. The Black Beetle knows what he must do and is set on doing it, continuing to make Colt City a better place to live. The fourth issue will likely feature a big showdown between the Black Beetle and Labyrinto and only time will tell who comes out on top in the end.

The Black Beetle: No Way Out #3 is in stores April 17.


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