Review: American Carnage #7
There is power in telling the stories of those afflicted by vices like drugs. I remember reading the classic Iron Man story “Demon in a Bottle” as a kid, and not quite grasping why Tony Stark struggled. That was until I saw how addiction ravaged my neighborhood and how it transformed regular human beings into shadows of themselves. Then I saw how alcoholism destroyed not only lives but families.
It is always admirable when one recovers from addiction. The road back is never easy but can be attained. What most people don’t realize is that anything can trigger them. The pain of temptation beckons them without no warning. In the brilliantly crafted American Carnage #7, Wright risks everything to stop one addict from falling abandon but might trigger himself in the process.
We open up on Richard meeting Jennifer at Wynn’s house where she asks him for a favor. It’s a favor which may be too much for him. We also find Sheila getting caught with Richard where she reminds him that helping Jennifer is not part of the assignment. Richard decides to help anyway but someone got to her friend first leading to another encounter with Wynn’s muscle man. By the issue‘s end, Sheila is dealing with new attention that may derail the case.
Overall, American Carnage #7 is an extraordinary issue that adds another dimension to the story. The story by Bryan Edward Hill is shining. The art by the creative team is incredible. Altogether, a story that adds a few crime noir elements to this issue.
Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Leandro Fernandez, Dean White, and Ben Oliver
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy