The only thing standing between the Ironclads and rescuing their kidnapped friend, Peris, is the Citadel, the most heavily-fortified location on Xeru, the army of Armorclads guarding it, and the battle raging between the Citadel’s forces and an army of Legionnaires. Is this the end of the line, or have they come too far to turn back now? Find out in Armorclads #4!
Writers JJ O’Connor and Brian Buccalleto know how to write a good battle, and because that’s essentially what this entire comic comprises of (or at least 90% of it), you’re in for a treat. There’s no real world building in this issue, not a huge amount of characterization, but there is a lot of destruction. It’s just the kind of book that you should be looking for when you don’t want to think a whole lot – of course the reason you don’t need to think too much is because O’Connor and Buccalleto have spent the previous issues building to what we’re seeing here, which means Armorclads #4 is the payoff we’ve been waiting for since the first issue hinted that mechs will battle mechs. Being the penultimate issue means there’s no need to force loose ends to wrap up, and instead we can just enjoy the chaos and explosions as the young group of Ironclads try to rescue their kidnapped friend.
The artwork, once again, is wonderfully suited to what you’re seeing on the page. Gone are the lush vistas and vibrant colours, however, replaced with a harsh rock and urban landscape bathed in greys and browns, lit primarily by explosions and missile blasts. The comic’s artistic team, penciller Manuel Garcia, inker Raul Fernandez, colourist Rex Lokus, and letterer Dave Sharpe, deliver yet another visual experience that grabs you by the collar and shakes your tired self for attention. There are a lot of names credited to this book, and each one of them deserves praise.
Armorclads #4 begins to bring the story to its conclusion, but after this issue all I can say is I want more. More mech battles, more details on the world’s history that we’ve only begun to scratch into, and more of the spunky Ironclads who are too stubborn to know when they’re outclassed. Thankfully there’s another issue next month.
Writers: JJ O’Connor and Brian Buccellato
Penciller: Manuel Garcia Inker: Raul Fernandez Colourist Rex Lokus Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.2 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
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