REVIEW: 'Postal' #15 by Bryan Hill, Isaac Goodhart, and K. Michael Russell
'Postal' #15 goes by pretty fast. It's a quick read that sets up the next confrontation between Eden and the Aryan brotherhood. However, the opening sequence alone makes this issue worth the cover price.
The action scene that opens the issue is artist Isaac Goodhart and colorist K. Michael Russell at their best. Some of the most explosive panels you'll see in a comic and as tense and pulse-pounding as a movie scene. Goodhart achieves this by quickly moving the "camera" from the perspective of Eden's attacking group to the white supremacists getting besieged with gunfire. The ensuing carnage complete with cleverly designed lettering image that highlights the damage being perpetrated on the bodies of the killed.
It's an auspicious beginning by Bryan Hill that makes the warring factions even but knowing the ruthlessness of mayor Laura Shiffron, she plays to win and at all costs. Not even a doctor's visit lessens her edge. The attack is all part of the plan and she has Mark setting the table for her next move. From there we get the reaction from Abner about the attack and even get some more character development. Hill almost, almost succeeds in making him a sympathetic figure.
The most poignant and uncomfortable scene comes from Curtis' conversation with Rowan. It's a sobering discussion that is awkward and infuriating but honest. Hill moves his players around on the chess board preparing them for what's sure to be an epic battle in the next issue. 'Postal' produces the type of drama that you'd see on television. It's full of twists and dubious characters.
At the heart of the series is Mark who continues to evolve, using his smarts and gaining confidence to deal with all the different shady citizens of Eden. There's no shortage of danger and suspense in town and Hill, Goodhart, and Russell are on a roll. 'Postal' is about to explode.