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REVIEW: 'Postal' #24 by Bryan Hill, Isaac Goodhart and K. Michael Russell

It's time for another showdown in Eden and this one cuts to the chase in the opening pages of 'Postal' #24. Bryan Hill wastes no time getting to the nitty-gritty of this long-anticipated confrontation between cult leader Isaac Shiffron and Eden mayor/estranged wife Laura Shiffron.

Story: Bryan Hill
Art / Cover / Variant Cover: Isaac Goodhart
Colorist: K. Michael Russell
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Published: November 15, 2017
Diamond ID: AUG170702
Digital : $3.99
Print: $3.99

Score: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Isaac, Bremble, and some goons have infiltrated Eden taking Mark hostage leading to a face-to-face confrontation with Laura, Maggie, and Magnum. It's the showdown we've been waiting for, a buildup that was so anticipated that it could not live up to expectations. But before things are settled the story jumps back two hours to reveal how they all got to this point.

From the very beginning of 'Postal' there's been a huge dark cloud hanging over it. That cloud was the legacy and part mythical boogeyman known as Isaac Shiffron. The town he founded was stolen from him as he saw it and Laura embodied that betrayal along with harboring their son. Laura knew he'd be back someday while she was busy keeping Eden under the radar, a haven for shady characters, with the blessing of a leveraged FBI director. It wasn't always easy, plenty of outside forces helped to bring chaos to the town but through it all, Laura persevered. Mark is responsible for keeping his mother in check at times and providing a steady hand with his analytical mind. Now it was all up for grabs as Isaac stood in the middle of town with Mark at gunpoint and Bremble there to take down Laura and expose the town for what it is.

As usual, artist Isaac Goodhart provides clean pencil work that smooth efficient layouts that neatly propels the story from scene to scene. The backgrounds are very detailed adding a lot of depth especially in the forest where such work can be thankless but necessary. K. Michael Russell does beautiful work coveying moonlight with shades of blue. The pastels keep the tone subdued until the more explosive moments result in brighter bolder splashes of color.

'Postal' #24 is the climactic chapter in the long-standing struggle between Laura and Isaac Shiffron for the soul of Eden. The two finally clash but it's all too brief and conveniently resolved to create much of an impact. The usual focal point of the comic, Mark, becomes inconsequential in the end. More was expected of this promised confrontation and it was met with a whimper instead of a bang. It was all well executed and it looks great but the resolution left a lot to be desired.

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