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Joyride #10: The Wanderer

Written by Tyler Kes on Wednesday, February 22 2017 and posted in Reviews

Joyride #10: The Wanderer

A space monk leads a prison break. Comics are awesome.

Source: Boom Studios

Written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly
Art by Marcus To
Colors by Irma Kniviila
Letters by Jim Campbell

Let me get this out of the way first: Joyride is a delightful series and more people should be reading and talking about it.

It's got all of the things that I like and look forward to in a comic book each month, including such things as three dimensional characters, well-drawn art, impressive world building, and most importantly, the book is just plain fun.

In this issue we get caught up with Dewydd one year later, who like Catrin in the last issue, has some funky new abilities and a new path.

It seems that in the wake of Uma's apparent death, Dewydd has become a wanderer (basically a less centralized Jedi) , and gained, like, seven levels of badassery, as evident from his new cape and staff he's rocking these days.

The actual plot of the issue is a prison break, and the first part is a little light on the writing as Lanzing and Kelly step back and allow Marcus To to shine with some very nice fight sequences.

I've talked before about the way that To's art shines specifically through the use of body language, and it is pretty cool in how To uses that to show how much Dewydd has changed. He stands more confidently than I remember previously, which fits with his new characterization.

There's also a really cool two page spread later on that shows To playing around with the panel layouts, which is always nice to see, but the color work that Irma Kniviila does on that same spread is cool. The background is mostly red, but starts to spiral to white in the bottom left corner, while the panels on top are mostly blue shaded. It makes the whole thing pop.

Now that the whole band is back together, I'm excited to see what happens going forward.

The events of the last few issues make for some interesting character interactions, and I look forward to seeing what comes next.


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About the Author - Tyler Kes

Tyler Kes is from Minnesota, although he spent some time living in West Virginia, where he graduated from Marshall University in 2013. He spent some time honing his writing skills by working at a newspaper and then at a TV station, but now makes his living making tacos and writing about comics.
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