If you thought Roche Limit: Clandestiny had been light on the philosophy up to this point, don’t worry because Michael Moreci takes a deep look into what is real and questions whether or not we shape our own reality in Roche Limit: Clandestiny #3. Is it good?
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #3 (Image Comics)
Michael Moreci makes no bones about it; he jumps right into the philosophical question of what is real or not. Kim is troubled by her vision in the previous issue. She believes the vision was real, just as she sits on a cliff in Dispater is real. The discussion continues with Kim arguing that nothing can be real or it can be as real as her dream within the other world. Moreci gets your head churning right from the start.
Moreci continues to ask philosophical questions, but he also examines a religious or spiritual theme. He examines how faith has meaning to different individuals no matter their specific religion. Although Moreci only dedicates a few panels directly to this discussion, there is an overarching parallel between the journey Elbus and Sasha take through the forest with the android Hello Danny. To me, it felt like Jesus’ 40 days and 40 nights in the desert where he was tempted by the devil. The only person seemingly immune to the temptations of the forest is Hello Danny as he brings Sasha and Elbus to meet his father. There are quite a number of similarities including Elbus’ prayers for forgiveness; all leading me to believe in Moreci being somewhat inspired by the Bible in this issue.
Not all of the issue is about philosophy or religion. The beauty of Moreci’s writing is he is able to intertwine the philosophical and religious points within the story. It doesn’t come off as blunt or heavy-handed. These are real problems the characters are facing and they are searching for answers.
There is also plenty of action throughout the book. Moreci continues to deploy the split-group technique. He builds up tension within one party and then transitions to the other party and does the same. The tension continues to mount as you furiously flip through the book wanting to find out what is going to happen.
Moreci continues to develop his characters as well. The way he uses Hello Danny and Sasha to verbally combat each other really draws the distinction between the two characters and shows just how different and maybe similar they are.
There was one minor mistake. The word “granted” was misspelled.
Kyle Charles’ artwork continues to impress. He uses a number of interesting panel layouts when depicting the journey through the forest. These panel layouts give off a sense of impending madness. You can feel the psychological struggles becoming real just looking at the panels, whether the panels are done in an almost kaleidoscope fashion or the tree roots act as a background with smaller square panels laid on top in an “I” formation.
There are also a number of eye-popping panels, including a full page spread that will definitely make it into the next Panels in Poor Taste!
There was one page where the panel flow was a little off. My eyes wanted to move down the page to the next panel instead of to the right. It can trip you up as you definitely have to read to the right before you move down in order for the dialogue to make sense.
Matt Battaglia’s colors are once again spot on. They really bring out the creepiness of Dispater, especially the way he had the light coming in through the forest. The hair rises up on the back of your neck and you just know something dreadful is going to happen. I also enjoyed the use of greens in combination with purple to capture Sasha’s vision of her dead husband. It gives Charles’ artwork a sense of mystique and awe.
Is It Good?
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #3 is a smart comic that constantly has the reader questioning and thinking. Not only is it smart, but it is also a fantastic story with excellent writing and plenty of suspense and action. Moreci keeps the tension going throughout the issue and even drops an unexpected surprise on us. Charles’ artwork captured the psychological nature of the comic and provided a number of eye-popping panels. However, there were a few minor issues, one being a spelling error and the other being a panel flow problem.
This comic hits shelves July 15th.