Copperhead #3 continues to be one the best sci-fi mysteries in comics and the case is about to break open. What started as a western in space is turning into an intriguing police drama. Clara Bronson as the newly installed sheriff is learning that she's not entirely in control as she thought. It all leads to some surprising revelations by the end.
Jay Faerber constructs a great scene with Clara and Ishmael the "artie", artificial humanoid who helped her son and friend out the Badlands. She's distrustful and angry with her weapon drawn and he reminds her that his kind are not all the same and deserve some amount of respect for fighting a war on behalf of humanity. It's the first real counterbalance to her Type A personality that challenges her authority and sort of humbles her to a degree. It's a great new wrinkle and character development that adds another layer to this fabulous new series. And that's just the beginning of the issue.
The investigation of the massacre at the Sewell residence had run into a wall until Clara's instincts reveal some new information I won't spoil here. Faerber's storytelling is very procedural and thorough but compelling as the investigation continues.
Scott Godlewski and Ron Riley create a feast for the eyes in panel layouts, colors and character design. You could simply get lost in the intricacies of each background and transitions from bright sun-soaked landscapes to dark, shadowy close-ups. It is an impeccable execution of story and art.
Copperhead #3 is one of the surest bets in comics and worth adding to your pull list now.