Review: Devil’s Reign #3

Devil's Reign #3

Marvel’s recent events have been rather mixed in quality. Some start off really strong to only sputter by the third issue. Others just never quite click with the concepts better than the execution. Devil’s Reign #3 bucks the trends going three for three with quality and entertainment.

Mayor Fisk has tightened his grip on New York City and looks to running strong in his re-election thanks to the help of the Purple Man. Standing in his way is Luke Cage who has decided to step up to run against Fisk for Mayor and the remaining heroes who have gone underground to do what they do best.

Written by Chip Zdarsky, Devil’s Reign #3 does a fantastic job of balancing a lot of plot threads, giving each more than enough time to grow in their various ways. Ben Reilly’s arrest, Luke’s campaign, Sue Storm in jail, Doc Ock, and more, it’s all packed into an issue that barrels ahead.

What I think Zdarsky does amazingly well is deliver a story that’s downright depressing in may ways but doesn’t feel dark. There’s still a glimmer of hope through the frustration so many of the heroes are showing. What’s great is also the “street level” heroes are taking the lead in this event with characters such as Captain America taking a backseat and following their lead. It’s an interesting dynamic that puts Daredevil, Luke Cage, and even Miles Morales more in the spotlight

The art is fantastic as well. Marco Checchetto delivers a style that fits the mood, helped by Marcio Menyz‘s colors and Clayton Cowles‘ lettering. Like the story itself, there’s a darkness and cloud that hangs over the art but at no point does it feel depressing. There’s a frustration that oozes off the page as the heroes feel beat down but not beaten. There’s also some humorous moments through it all as well, nailing the little bit of levity that Zdarsky’s script brings. The art also transitions so well from debates around a table to full on action without missing a beat.

Devil’s Reign #3 continues what is one of the best Marvel events in some time. There’s a depth and layer to the story that can be enjoyed as well as its surface level details. It includes some heavy hitters while also not allowing them to steal the spotlight. This is an event that has potential to blow up bigger in the Marvel Universe, and there’s an energy about the story and art that captures that so well. This is an event that’s not to be missed.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Marco Checchetto
Color: Marcio Menyz Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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