Visually speaking, this is one of the strongest times to be interested in comics due to so many books looking great. With a wide variety of art styles we’re also being spoiled weekly with a variety of comics that can suit your personality regardless of what you like. Enter Cave Carson, a series that’s just wicked when it comes to visuals with Michael Avon Oeming drawing some of his best work and Nick Filardo coloring it into the stratosphere. It’s a book everyone should at least look at once to see what you can do with the visual medium.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
The final chapter of the Whisperer Saga is here! After learning the devastating truth behind his Cybernetic Eye, Cave teams up with a mysterious new ally to defeat the Whisperer and his forces once and for all. Plus, an all-new “Wonderful World of Rocks with Professor Marc Bartow” article and “Bane’s Coloring Corner” activity page!
Why does this matter?
This is the last issue in the first story arc and, of course, the heroes’ backs are put against a wall. Jon Rivera has mixed in a lot of relatable family drama (like fathers who don’t hug their kids), which makes all the insane gore and monster madness that much more real. Sorta.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue is all about love.
Oeming and Filardi have turned the volume up on this series to a full ten, but I’m pretty sure they broke off the knob with this issue! There are so many striking panels, full page layouts, and double page layouts I had to flip through this issue three times to really appreciate the art. Oeming has a knack for adding a bit of detail in backgrounds that don’t even need to be there–just look below– and they always add a little something extra. Ben-Day dot addicts probably only need this series to satiate their cravings because dammit, Oeming goes all out with them! The story is all the more striking because the art plays around with what is possible. Take for instance a beautiful full page spread of Cave’s wife remembering her child. Using lots of yellow and some cool orange, the page pops with a wallpaper-like nuclear symbol and well placed memories. As she dives into these memories we see how meaningful the family was to each other and it’s a touching moment.
Rivera continues to write good dysfunctionally healthy family drama too. I say healthy because in a way it’s all so normal and relatable. Fathers who don’t hug their kids, lovers who are at odds but somehow that makes them stronger. There’s a lot there on the page that’s worth revisiting and thinking about. The story wraps up well with a satisfying conclusion to most of the plot threads. The final page gives you the warm and fuzzies too and there’s a lot of hope for the fun to come.
It can’t be perfect can it?
One could argue the bad guys are defeated with a bit of deus ex machina developments and with too much ease. Considering the defeat is tied to the heroes being recharged by love I beg to differ, though it does feel slightly unearned given the hardships befell the heroes in previous issues.
Is It Good?
A great wrap-up issue that reminds readers we are powerless without love. This book is also incredible visually and should be looked at by everyone!