Punchy wrote:Wow, just wow, that was awesome. I don’t know what more needs be said. This whole issue just had such a strong sense of impending doom, and was really dark and really sad. Riley Richards is a bad man, what he did to Freakout… fucked up. And of course, the last page, we’ve seen much worse stuff in Criminal, but this, as a first crime, as a crime that was planned so meticulously, it feels darker somehow. I continue to really love the flashback structure here, the way Phillips draws in the classic kid’s, it works so well. I also dug some of the more subtle hints and references to old comics, like the second-to-last panel being an homage to a famous EC Comics cover. I say it all the time, but this really is one of the best comics out there, you need to check it out.
That was the part that had me mouthing the words, "you bastard." Killing his wife is bad enough, but, to be blunt, she's comes across as more than a bit of a bitch and as a result its a little hard to feel sorry for her even while she's being killed. Freakout on the other hand is an overall nice guy who has managed to over come his own dark side. Riley then puts him right back in the place he has fought hard to get out of and also into possibly a worse situation simply because it's convenient for him to do so.