Each month, I pick up this book and ask myself, "how the hell are Tom King and Mitch Gerads going to keep this ball moving forward?"
Well, I still don't have the answer because they just keep doing it.
Gerads, art, and King, writing, do things that, as Grant Stoye says, creators are told to shy away from, but they are such freaking pros that they make it work. I'm specifically speaking on the near 3-page phone conversation where we just see Sofia.
Her changing facial expressions, the clear distinction of who is speaking from Gerads while King keeps us on the edge waiting to see where she is and who she is with. After a lengthy conversation concerning Nassir, we zoom out and get a beautiful shot showing us exactly what we needed to see.
I won't stop drumming this book's strings. The innovative storytelling and fearlessness in tweaking structure is addicting.
That's Chris and Sofia ducking from some incoming mortar fire. Normally I would blame the blurriness on my shaky hands trying to do the art justice, but that's how it was presented. It's brilliant. It makes the scene that much more important. The Pow pulls you out while the blurriness and Sofia's crazy ass brings you right back in.
It's also a nice treat for those reading since the beginning, who remember Chris and Sofia chatting about the American Cowboy lifestyle. This isn't the only quarter left under the pillows for normal Sheriff readers, as Chris and Nassir go back to the location of my favorite issue of the series:
This is the kind of stuff I'm talking about when I tell you to read this book.
Not only for its realism, not only because it's centered on an important time in history, but because it's some of the finest storytelling paired with some of the best art out there. This is a must-read for those 18 or older (or with mom or dad's permission as there is nudity, intense scenes and violence).
Mental Floss recognized this as the top book of '16, so far, and they are spot on.
Also, check out the cover to this week's issue if you needed any verification that I've been stroking this book's ego at levels unknown to mankind:
Without spoiling too much, we get more of an intense look into Nassir's life. From his backstory, his past and where he sits now. A man who just lost his wife, three children stuck in a warzone.
The scenes in which we see Nassir at the beach with his family as it comes into present day to just show him at the beach alone is some of the best artistic storytelling that I've seen, not just this year, but period.
Rating: 9/10 Storytelling, not just comic book storytelling, doesn't get much better than this. Mitch Gerads is on top of the art world and Tom King is right there with him. These are two creators clicking at an unprecedented level.