Review: Red Winter #4

Red Winter #4

Red Winter #4 wraps up the solid noir story. It’s full of twists and turns and some shocking decisions.

Writer Michael Gordon delivers an ending that’s unexpected in many ways. Sure, there’s the expected double-crosses but so much is not expected at all. Who’s pulling Joseph, and thus Eli’s strings is revealed though the reason is murky. And that’s one of the most interesting things about Gordon’s story. It’s so satisfying in many ways but also intelligent enough to leave things open for the readers. That might leave readers a bit frustrated but there’s a flash of brilliance there. It’s a gutsy way to wrap up the series.

The art by Alberto Massaggia is “dirty” in a way that fits the finale. There’s some moments that come off as more comedic that serious but overall there’s a solid use of tension and build-up through the art. Massaggia is joined by Rolands Kalnins for color and the minimal use of it adds to the vibe of the comic.

Red Winter #4 defies expectations in so many ways. There’s a lot that follows expect tropes of the genre but so much that breaks the mold. The comic impresses and delivers. The final issue is a buy if you’ve read the first three issues. For those that haven’t, try to track those down or get the collected edition when it’s eventually released.

Created: Michael Gordon, Francisco Munoz Story: Michael Gordon
Art: Alberto Massaggia Color: Rolands Kalnins Letterer: Nikki Sherman
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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