Review: Psi-Lords #3
The cosmic Quartet begins to master their jaw-dropping powers and unlock deeper meanings to their newfound abilities in Psi-Lords #3!
Dangerous aliens have targeted the Quartet, and they’ll stop at nothing until they’ve eliminated the team.
Plus, the lost history of the Psi-Lords revealed?!
Finally. After three issues, the series has finally clicked for me.
After some misgivings with how writer Fred Van Lente was pacing the story, I’m finally on the same wavelength. I’m close enough to appreciate what he’s been doing with the series right under my bloody nose since the first issue.
Van Lente has taken a breather from the breakneck pace he’s been using so far. In so doing he reveals a lot more about the setting that we find ourselves in, and the Psi-Lords themselves.
And as he does this, and as I was reading it, I realized that I needed to go back and reread the previous issues. It was then that I realized that my earlier assessment, and review scores, would be different (in a good way) had I read the first few issues in one go. But that, alas, is not how monthly series work. We can only judge a story one installment at a time – which isn’t ideal when the whole is often a step above its parts.
So yes, Van Lente and Psi-Lords have won me over (which doesn’t surprise me, but I’m still happy about it).
The exposition, and the time to truly get to know the four characters is well spent and set against some of the most wonderfully colourful imagery that truly gives the book an epic feel.
You’ll notice that I’ve focused primarily on the writing so far. That’s because Renato Guedes is so close to flawless (again) that I’m left almost at a loss for words. His grasp of visual storytelling, the use of colour and panel set up… it would be enough for me to recommend the book alone. But this issue, with the story clicking for me, I finally realize just how bloody brilliant this book actually looks.
These pages wouldn’t look out of place in the Louvre. My feelings about comic book art being in a museum aside, these pages could easily stand next to classical art and grab the world by the collar and demand attention.
Psi-Lords #3 was easily the best issue so far. Not only was it really good, but the clarity it provides on the previous issues cannot be understated. As I said last month, this is going be an absolute must-read story. Keep your eye on this one.
Story: Fred Van Lente
Art: Renato Guedes Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.2 Art: 9.4 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Read
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review