Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Postal' #6 by Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill, and Isaac Goodhart


★★★★☆ (4/5)

Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill turn over 'Postal' #6 to Momma Shiffron with some important character development and background. The stone-cold mayor of Eden and asshole mother of Mark, has a traumatic history that forged her character long ago. We witness a more vulnerable version of Laura Shiffron and we can't help but feel sympathetic. 

I never thought I'd feel an ounce of sympathy for the cold-hearted Momma Shiffron for treating Mark like a complete imbecile and putting him down. Yet, in this issue we it's revealed what kind of sociopath Mark's dad was. And what he put Laura through contributed to the iron-fisted ice queen you see now. But she's more complicated than that. We see different sides to her, literally speaking in the opening scene, and it helps to humanize her for the first time. Her delicate handling of a suicidal girl was the kindest I've seen her in the series. As the mayor of a town like Eden it makes sense to have someone as tough as Momma Shiffron running the show. 

Mark makes a cameo long enough to break a code for his mother. It's an amusing scene as it emphasized his analytical mind. There's also a code after the story for readers to break and send in for a chance at a prize. A nice interactive contest for fans. 

Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill continue to pull back the layers of their eerie small town full of dark secrets. They've turned Mommie Dearest into a much more rounded character with this essentially stand-alone issue. Meanwhile, Isaac Goodhart continues to do exceptional art on the series. Some of the layouts involving Mark's dad were especially chilling. 

'Postal' continues to evolve as Hawkins and Hill take us deeper into the rabbit hole.I'd love for Mark's dad to finally make an appearance in present day as that thread has lingered there for a while, teasing readers of a powerful menace but continues to be out of reach. It's still one of the major unanswered plot points that was created but never fully realized. Otherwise, the series is still intriguing enough to keep pulling it every month. There's a much bigger plan at work and impatient readers like myself want satisfaction now. I suppose the writers are doing their job of keeping readers on the edge of our collective seat begging for more. 

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.

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 …

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…

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+