Copperhead #4 by Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski continues to be one of the best comic books available telling an engrossing sci-fi mystery told with precision and unequaled art.This crime procedural has really immersed its readers into finding the culprits who massacred the Sewell family. The story arc continues as Sheriff Bronson searches for Ishmael to answer some questions while Deputy Boo chases down a lead.
Faerber is holding a lot of information close to his chest as little has been revealed about the circumstances surrounding the Sewell murders. There was a sacred family jewel missing but who has it and why they'd kill for it is still a big question.
The dialogue has been natural and clever even during conflicts and the scene between Clara and Hickory is just one example. Even as smoothly executed a mystery so far we await a big reveal, a large turning point to reward the reader for following along intently. In issue five there should be some answers to these ongoing questions.
Scott Godlewski continues to impress with sharp lines and expressive looks but his directorial approach to panels and layouts may be his strongest attribute and that's saying something. From the traditional stack of panels on one page to the ingenious layout of a video conferencing call on another to the foot pursuit sequence with flashbacks interwoven in the scene the views are varied but always captivating. Godlewski is not just a talented artist but a great storyteller.
Copperhead is the type of comic book that could serve as an example to aspiring writers and artists on how to create an efficient, compelling and wonderfully illustrated story. It's a straight-forward piece of dramatic sci-fi detective mystery that delivers month after month. And it's just about to get even better.