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HEAVY METAL: 'Chasing The Dragon' #1 is Available Now

 In Chasing the Dragon , New York Times Bestselling writer Denton J. Tipton and acclaimed painter menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons. When two young slaves discover a terrible secret that could change the course of the world, will a meek alchemist’s apprentice and a drug-addled concubine survive long outside their cages? For fans of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad . CHASING THE DRAGON Writer: Denton J. Tiption  Artist: menton3 Publisher: Heavy Metal Release: Feb. 26, 2021  Order Here

REVIEW: 'Devolution' #3 by Rick Remender, Jonathan Wayshak, and Jordan Boyd


★★★☆☆(3/5)

'Devolution' #3 is great giant fun with crazy stupid action on a cinematic scale. Is that good? Is that bad? Those are the questions at hand and the answer is a little bit of both. It doesn't drive the plot much outside of putting it in an entirely new location but the issue belongs to Jonanthan Wayshak and Jordan Boyd. It's a visual smorgasbord of enormous spiders and other mutated insects and wildlife that make this the Jurassic World-edition of the limited series. 

Raja and company made their escape from hillbilly Gil only to find an even bigger threat in a ginormous spider determined to knock their helicopter out of the sky. They crash land and have to fight their way to shelter through a fleet of huge mosquitos. Not everyone makes it, some meet their end in grisly fashion. That's the crux of the issue. Rick Remender takes a step back in the narrative department to let the art team shine. 

Wayshak and Boyd let their art do the talking as the frenetic action takes place amid a beautiful but monstrous landscape of massive insects and mammoth plantlife. Boyd's colorful palette brightening the desert skyline with purples, reds, and greens. Wayshak's designs are simultaneously accurate and horrifying. It's a monster movie straight out of the '50s as the big bugs attack. 

After the first two prevocative issues, 'Devolution' takes a detour into blockbuster popcorn movie territory by unabashedly going big with wall-to-wall action and light on the character development. It's a beautifully rendered sci-fi monster tale by Wayshak and Boyd though. Unfortunately, Remender leaves his protagonist Raja in the background leaving the narrative to the visuals without a clear direction. You still get your money's worth in sizzle but very little steak to fill you up. 

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