"Evolution #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics / Skybound
Written by James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, and Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by Joe Infurnari
Colored by Jordan Boyd
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 17th, 2018
Humankind is evolving at a rapid pace and only a small handful of people seem to notice so far. Each one tries to put the pieces together to figure out what's going on. They can't compare notes, as they don't know of each other's existence just yet. It's clear they're on to something big and terrifying. Unfortunately, it might be too late for them to do anything about it.
A chunk of Evolution #3 consists of a gripping scene with Abe, the doctor in Philadelphia. He's on the run, trying to stay ahead of the blobs of flesh and muscle that seem to be following him everywhere. Abe is determined to keep his estranged family safe and get some tangible proof of this new evolution. There are forces working against him though...or are they?
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See, I'm not convinced that Abe is a reliable narrator yet. If this comic was just about him, one could argue that this is all in his head. He seems to be the only one that sees these things out in the world. The experiences of the other characters disprove this, however it doesn't help Abe on his own as he tries to get people to believe him.
Abe's scenes are unsettling enough with the creepy, part-human monsters chasing him. When we first find him, he's running through an alley as a ball of flesh and fingers leaps on his back. The fingers are what did it for me. If it was just a blob of red tissue, that would be one thing. Seeing human fingers sticking out of it freaked me out. Anyway, what amplifies the terror with Abe is the crowd. He'll run down a sidewalk and you'll find yourself carefully looking at everyone standing there for possible evolved citizens. Does that guy have tendrils? Is he watching Abe?
The nun Hannah's story in Italy is heating up as she brings her suspicions to the Church. She's met with opposition and forbidden to pursue this further. It makes you wonder how high this goes and what kind of sinister forces have infected this holy establishment. Hannah has a personal stake in finding the truth, so she has to put matters into her own hands.
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Outside of Abe's scenes, there aren't a ton of shots of these evolved humans. Instead, the terror comes from the emotional decisions each character is forced to make. They're at a crossroads. Do they go further down the rabbit hole? Or do they back away from this and try to go back to their normal lives, forgetting the madness they just witnessed? Of course, they're all going deeper. It wouldn't be much of a story if they gave up, right?
That terror comes through in the faces of each character as they come to grips with their new status quo. Artist Joe Infurnari captures the look of fear and disbelief perfectly. Each image speaks volumes in inner turmoil that's left unsaid.
Evolution was already a solid body horror comic. This issue further ties you to the characters, making them more interesting and relatable. I've become emotionally invested in each of their stories, which has pulled me in completely. This is a gripping read.