Review: The Sheriff of Babylon #11

shrfbab_cv11Sofia’s meeting with the man who attacked her has taken a dangerous turn, and what was supposed to be a simple covert action has transformed into a full-blown firefight. If the battle is successful, it will put Nassir in the clear, but it could also tear the friendship between Sofia and Chris apart.

The Sheriff of Babylon begins to wrap up this volume as all the pieces of the puzzle finally come together and it’s clear that when it comes down to it, everyone here has their hands dirty.

Written by Tom King, this issue feels like a real-time play as the various pieces on the chess board have their interactions with each other. Revelations are made and sins are admitted to. And what’s more impressive than King’s David Mamet-like story is that it all builds into this emotional climax where you have no idea what will happen.

As the issue progresses the tension increases until we get to the end that had me immediately wanting to read the next issue to see what happens. I need to know!

The art by Mitch Gerads is impressive in that this is an issue where there’s not a lot of action and many of the pages feature nine panels each focused on one character. I mention that because each of those panels often focus on one character with maybe another reacting in the back. That focus on a single character’s framed face means that the art has to signal the emotion as much as the writing, and Gerads pulls that off and then some. I’ve said it before, but Gerads art continues to tell as much of the story as King’s art.

The Sheriff of Babylon #11 continues the streak of a series which is honestly brutal about real world issues. It might be one of the most interesting look at the Iraqi occupation and I’m sure when it’s all wrapped up this will be a series that’s examined for the story it tells and the real world it reflects.

Story: Tom King Art: Mitch Gerads Cover Art: John Paul Leon
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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