"Delta 13 #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by IDW Publishing

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Written by Steve Niles
Illustrated by Nat Jones
Lettered by Shawn Lee
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 4th, 2018

Review:

A group of workers on a routine mission to catalogue asteroids stumble upon a previously undiscovered giant asteroid. They literally fly into the rock, losing some machinery in the process. When they go in to retrieve it, they find a woman plugged into a strange machine. You can probably guess where this is going.

Of course, the crew brings this comatose woman onboard their ship and then they start disappearing one by one. Although we have an idea of what's going to happen, Delta 13 is no less tense and riveting. We don't know anything about this machine woman or what her intensions are, however we know that she most definitely poses a mortal threat to the crew.

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Artist Nat Jones sets the mood for Delta 13 with some eerie hallways. Despite being in a spaceship, the surroundings are poorly lit and filled with shadows. These are exactly the areas that you'd avoid in a horror movie. You just know something is going to jump out at them the moment they step into that darkness.

The woman appears emotionless and otherworldly. She stands tall with black, soulless eyes that cut right through you. Strange mechanical tendrils surround her, like a tangled web, whipping out to do her bidding and cause bloodshed. These prove to be some of the creepiest parts of Delta 13, as they not only restrain her victims but dig into their flesh, popping into and under their eyeballs. Just typing that sentence sent a shiver down my spine.

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Since the vast majority of Delta 13 is shown in cool blues and greys, the appearance of blood is shocking. It's shown as a bright red that stands out among the otherwise sterile hallways. It does not belong here.

This is the penultimate chapter of Delta 13 and I have no earthly idea what to expect next. Obviously there's going to be more death and carnage as this mysterious woman makes her way through the ship. I don't particularly care about any of the crew as there hasn't been much time to develop them as characters or get to know them in any way. For now, I'm content with watching this play out. It's like a slasher movie in space, but not something silly like Jason X. This is some creepy shit.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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