Review - Winter City #4

Winter in the city is cold, dreary and messy. Winter in Winter City is all of the above and bloody. Winter City #4 from Winter City Productions is all of the above and then some.

The fourth issue is written by Carl and Patrick Purcell, with art by Pablo Verdugo Munoz, colors by David Aravena Riquelme and letters by Patrick Purcell.

When we last left off, Donald Swanson was the latest entrepreneur to be killed by the mysterious creature slaying businessmen all over. The circumstances around his death continue the pattern of religious end days and has sufficiently frightened the city at large.

Meanwhile, Detective Marshall Daniels continues to investigate the killings, unaware that the next target is Vernon Taul. Vernon comes face to face with the killer and leaves the issue hanging.

The Purcells have continued to keep the story going strong, with each issue featuring another high-profit businessman as the target. They're starting to tie them all together with something called Typhoon, which injects fresh life into the plot and makes it more than just a serial killer with an axe to grind against these guys.

Like the previous issues, the story of Sam Winter's past is also explored in a bit more detail. This flashback features more of Sam getting bullied, only this time by actual bullies. His penchant for standing his ground is on full display, as is a soft spot for a new girl named Casey Day. The two share a brief moment of love almost and it adds a bit of humanity to Sam's character.

The art by Munoz and Riquelme continues to impress. These are two guys you should be hearing a lot more about and hopefully will in the immediate future. Munoz includes very intricate details in the art that really conveys the grittiness of the city, further accented by Riquelem's colors. The killer is depicted essentially as a series of hash marks, which make him out to be quite the killer indeed.

The fourth issue adds new life to the story by referencing Typhoon, proving that it's still moving at a moderate pace. It's slowly unfolding in front of the reader and all the reader has to do is sit back and enjoy.

Winter City #4 is available now with interiors below.