Review: The Sheriff of Babylon #10

shrfbab_cv10Deals with the devil rarely go right, but in Baghdad, the wrong deal could get lots of people killed. Just as Sofia gets close to Abu Rahim, the man who killed Chris’ trainee and blew up her car, Chris starts to suspect Bob, the man who led them to Abu Rahim, isn’t exactly trustworthy himself.

What I consider to be one of the best comics in the market right now continues to deliver. The Sheriff of Babylon #10 is a tense play on comic page as the issue primarily plays out in two locations with some flashbacks to fill in what has happened to get to this point.

The issue partially is focused on Sofia and Abu Rahim as they go back and forth about the fall of Saddam and the American occupation reminiscing about the past in a chess match of words that sees it’s tension rise throughout. That tension is partially driven by Rahim who is strapped with a suicide vest that you don’t know if he’ll use it.

But, for me what’s most interesting is writer Tom King’s focus on Chris and Bob who also play a game of their own. Bob in his arrogance reveals a lot of info to Chris and we get to see even more in how we got to where we are, and with it some of the inherent racism that goes along with the war in Iraq and against terrorism. I don’t want to reveal the specifics but it’s an interesting pivot where the imagery says so much about the characters and their beliefs.

That imagery is courtesy of Mitch Gerads whose art continues to be amazing. King’s writing is fantastic, but Gerads adds so much detail in every panel, from what people are wearing or holding to the angle of their head. It all adds up to create a rich story through visuals.

What is the end game for every one? We have just a few more issues to go to find out in what is not just one of the best comics on the market, but also one of the best discussions of the US occupation of Iraq from someone that was there.

Story: Tom King Art: Mich Gerads
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Vertigo provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review