Review: Brik #4
We’re more than halfway done with this comic book series initial arc. I’m having some real feelings about the imaginary characters in Brik. Drew is either turning into a superhero or a super villain or some Punisher style hybrid of the two. I went into issue number four knowing that I matter which way the story went, I’m invested and can’t put it down.
Issue number 4 picks up with Dr. Hirsh trying to talk some sense into Drew in the aftermath of his mother’s attack. Drew is angry and feeling responsible, had Jenny been out getting revenge on his bully, he could have saved his mom. Hirsh thinks that leaving Yonkers is the best move for Drew and his mom and, Drew wants to fight the big bad Russians. This is the point in the story where Brik uses Hirsch as the narrator to this comic series King Pin, Little Stalin. Little Stalin is brutal and ruthless, he survived a Russian prison by eating his fellow inmates! He’s like Kaiser Soze on steroids making him a formidable opponent to Drew and his Golem.
Drew turning towards the avenger side of the comic book mythos, rides off into the night on the back of his Golem, now named Brik, saving those who need it and giving the neighborhood hope. Little Stalin is having no part of the neighborhoods new found spirit so, he is on a mission to get his territory back under his control, which is a pretty nice set up for issue #5. And, I for one can’t wait to see what happens next.
Adam Glass and Michael Benson‘s writing is tight and real. The characters feel like actual people instead of the two-dimensional drawings that they are. There’s a sense of urgency in Drew’s actions and a feeling of powerlessness and defiance in his words.
Harwinder Singh is still serving up some killer 1980s Punisher meets Daredevil darkness and grit and it really adds to the story. Every panel pulls you in and makes you feel like you’re in the story.
Overall Brik #4 serves up more of the consistency, superbly drawn panels, and well thought out story line that we fell in love with. I can’t wait to see how the next two issues pan out and what the creators do with this story.
Story: Adam Glass & Michael Benson Art: Harwinder Singh
Story: 9 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy
Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review