Comic Review: The Sheriff of Babylon #10

As Tom King and Mitch Gerads continue to get creative with format, panels, sound effects, mirroring storylines, you name it, the Sheriff of Babylon from Vertigo Comics just keeps getting better. 

The praise this book is starting to get on the mainstream level is so well-deserved, because as Vulture said, this is the " ... most comprehensive war fiction of our generation." I couldn't have said it better myself -- and coming from quite the poli-sci/history buff -- or agree more.  

While King's plot brings a remarkable level of realism, Gerads work on both colors and arts is kind of mind-blowing. I can't think of anything else out there to compare it too, because in my eyes, he stands alone right now. 

In Issue No. 10, we see some pretty tense -- and different -- arcs going on at the same time. 

Sofia is with the man Chris has been hunting, Chris is hearing some chilling stories while waiting by his phone. 

The contrast in lighting between both scenes, distinguishes them apart all while matching a similar level of intensity with facial expressions, tones and swings in conversations. We see grainy black and white flashbacks that feel like Cronkite newsreels, multi-reaching panel slaps and some true emotion from every character involved. 

We've been preaching this since the beginning, this book is something special. It's dealing with a powerful topic with that aforementioned level of unmatchable realism. It's not just King's past in the CIA, but it's his ability as a writer to develop characters and pace a story along. It feels like he has a special knack, when reading this and Batman, for knowing when to slow things down but also speed them up. 

Rating: 9.5/10

While King's plot brings a remarkable level of realism, Gerads work on both colors and arts is kind of mind-blowing. I can't think of anything else out there to compare it too, because in my eyes, he stands alone right now.