Skip to main content

REVIEW: Goners #4 by Jacob Semahn and Jorge Corona


Goners #4 by Jacob Semahn and Jorge Corona has certainly put the great paranormal hunters, the Latimers, through the ringer and nothing will prepare you for what happens in this issue. The fate of the world pretty much still rests on the narrow shoulders of the remaining living members, the youngest of the Latimers, Josiah and Zoe. And if things weren't bad enough, it's about to get really awkward.

This being a horror comic and all, it's only fitting that one of most horrific things you'll ever see is your parents naked. Well, poor Josiah, who was unresponsive at the end of the last issue visited the other side where his dad presented him a vision of parental coitus. Sure, it sounds awful and out of context, it sounds downright gratuitous, but fear not, it leads to an important twist that warrants the awkward afterlife visit. Josiah's job isn't done and his time isn't up just yet. 

Meanwhile, in the city Francis and other survivors are up to their necks in monsters. The Skin Walker is mysteriously shopping for a clean corpse, but has to go through a gauntlet of firepower first. It's this splash page that is one of the best of the series and that's saying something. If this battle scene becomes available as a print, buy it, frame it and brag to your friends about it. It's that good. 

It's no surprise how gorgeous the art is as Corona has been consistently providing a fun cartoon look that takes the edge off a little of the gore and violence. Gabriel Cassata brightens the pencils with lush colorful hues that draw the eyes to every inch of each panel. As spectacular as the action scenes are, the closeups of anguish and pain in the faces of Zoe and Josiah are so transcendent that they evoke an emotional response from the reader. If you don't get a little choked-up you may not be human. 

Semahn continues to build this chaotic world that seems almost limitless. So immersive that the focus could change issue to issue and not skip a beat. However, at its heart, it's about the Latimer kids and their love and trust of each other, trying to make sense of such devastating loss while fighting monsters just as their parents always had. Amid the calamity their familial bond is both inspiring and relatable

Goners is a horror book that delivers the visuals and gore while subversively tugging at your heartstrings. The good news for new readers is that this adventure is just getting started. Buy back issues get caught up and enjoy the ride. 


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

REVIEW: 'Redneck' #2 by Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren, and Dee Cunniffe

'Redneck' arrived a month ago redefining the vampire genre by not giving into convention or cliché. In fact, if you've read the first two issues, the vampire angle serves more as subtext than its selling point. It's the perfect approach to this character-driven southern fried drama that simmers with tension and intrigue.

REDNECK #2 STORY: DONNY CATES
ART/COVER: LISANDRO ESTHERREN & DEE CUNNIFFE LETTERER: JOE SABINO
RELEASE DATE: MAY 24
32 PAGES | Full Color | Mature | $3.99
★★★★☆ (4/5)
The Bowman's way of life just got upended and what was once a peaceful and secluded existence is on the verge of war. The vampires of Texas keep to themselves, raise their cattle, drink its blood and sell the meat through their BBQ joint. Seems like a brilliant front to keep them in the shadows while staking out a living. All that is threatened when one of their own is killed after a night on the town. This issues fills in the holes to what might have happened and what the hell is…

PREVIEW: 'Tet' #4 by Paul Allor and Paul Tucker

We've seen Eugene's story. But during his last day's in Vietnam, he finally learns how Ha survived the war. She's always been much stronger than him; and much stronger than he's given her credit for. With all their secrets gone, Ha and Eugene must decide how to move forward.

REVIEW: 'Farmhand' #1 by Rob Guillory and Taylor Wells

The artist of the offbeat and award-winning Chew with John Layman is back with an equally weird and delightful dark new tale. Rob Guillory meshes a conciliatory father-son relationship with a hybrid biomedical-agri farm. 'Farmhand' is a new quirky horror comic that is just irresistible.


FARMHAND #1
Writer: Rob Guillory Artist: Rob Guillory, Taylor Wells Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 11, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)
The tone of the debut issue is literally found from cover to cover. Those hands that Jedidiah Jenkins is watering on the cover are not from the living dead trying to break through the soil but actual farm-raised appendages. Jedidiah found a way to grow body parts like he would crops creating an industry to benefit mankind. He even has a high-tech and interactive farm tour describing his great achievement. It's sufficiently creepy but benevolent in the spirit of Chew.  
You would think Jedidiah had it all but in fact, he's been e…

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

PREVIEW: 'Nancy Drew' #2 by Kelly Thompson, Jenn St-Onge, and Triona Farrell

Nancy’s returned to her hometown of Bayport to sniff out the sender of an ominous letter that may have to do with her mother’s death seven years ago. Re-teaming with her childhood crime-solving team -- Bess, George, and The Hardy Boys -- Nancy is determined to get to the bottom of things.


But she hasn’t even been back in town a day, and someone’s already tried to kill them once. Can they follow the clues in time to stop it from happening again? This modern take on the classic mystery icon continues from KELLY THOMPSON (Hawkeye, Star Wars, Rogue & Gambit) and JENN ST-ONGE (Giant Days, The Misfits)!
Nancy Drew #2
writer: Kelly Thompson artist: Jenn St-Onge, Triona Farrell covers: Tula Lotay (A)               Babs Tarr (B)                Jenn St-Onge (C-Sub)                Tula Lotay (RI-Virgin)
In Stores 07/11/2018
FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+