GLX reviews the fifth and final issue of The Light.
Writer - Nathan Edmondson
Artist - Brett Weldele
The two main characters of The Light are not the best people in the world. Coyle is an abusive father and Avery is a teenage girl that has her own issues. It's hard to write convincing characters; and it's especially hard to write flawed, convincing, yet engaging characters. Just like the previous four issues, Nathan Edmondson successfully manages the later.
Edmondson's script is filled more action than dialogue, but that doesn't mean it lacks any emotional punch. There's a sense of urgency within the comic, with some solid character moments. From Coyle's actions in the Power Plant to his daughter's reaction to them, Edmondson hits nails it. I must also applaud Edmondson for his placement of this issue's essay. The placement of it enhances the flow of the comic.
Speaking of the essay, this one deals with light and the metaphysical. Like this series' previous essays, it's a fascinating read. It gives the reader some worthwhile material to think about.
Brett Weldele does a nice job with the art. Even though his line work is not necessarily the best, it's fits well with Edmondson's writing. It's rough, while being clear and his layouts give the action a nice flow. What really makes his work stand out is his color choices. He balances the dark colors and the light colors well. On top of that, his colors give the comic a distinctive and appropriate feel. While I was thinking about Weldele's art, I realized that there's no way that a typical "mainstream" art team could've pulled this off as well as him. It just wouldn't have the same visual impact as his work.
Looking back on The Light, I can say that it's one of the best mini-series of the year. Edmondson has clearly improved as a writer and Weldele's work is top notch. For those that are waiting for the collected edition, you're in for a real treat. Hopefully, Edmondson's essays will be included. Even without them, The Light is definitely worth your time.
8.1* out of 10*
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About the Author - GLX
For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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