Review: Grass Kings #3

Tensions rise when Humbert sends his brother into the Grass Kingdom to search for Maria. Robert and Bruce will have to treat each move with caution if they want to avoid bloodshed.

Writer Matt Kindt and artist Tyler Jenkins are putting together a small town noir-ish series that has you really examining everything that’s going on with every page. Grass Kings #3 picks up leading to an explosive moment that’s sure to lead to more conflict down the road and also reveals the history as to who Maria is and why Humbert wants her back.

Grass Kings feels like it puts together some of the best of series like Southern Bastards and Briggs Land combining a walled-off society dealing with their neighbors who want conflict at the same time mixed with a southern noir vibe. The combination creates a series with a tense vibe that builds with each issue as more is revealed about this world and the mysteries within. With each reveal though, more questions are put forth or layers added to the story. It all comes together to create a series that is gripping and has me wanting more immediately.

The art by Jenkins is absolutely stunning with its watercolor style. That artistic style adds to the rustic feel of it all and enhances the vibe of the area it takes place in. It feels like a poor, somewhat rundown, and isolated community. Each character too has so much detail and personality not just in how Kindt writes them but how Jenkins presents them. It’s a fantastic combination of story and art.

Grass Kings is a slow build that adds mystery and tension with each issue creating a world that feels realistic and at the same time magical in a weird way. By combining genres and themes it feels like something new and one I can wait to see where it all goes.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Tyler Jenkins
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

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