"Heavenly Blues #6" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Scout Comics
Written by Ben Kahn
Illustrated by Bruno Hidalgo
2018, 38 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on May 16th, 2018
This is it. Isaiah, Erin, and the rest of their rag-tag group of outlaws are about to pull off the biggest heist of their afterlives. They're going to steal the Holy Grail from Heaven and return to the land of the living. Will they finally be able to escape and get a second chance at life?
As with any great heist story, the real plan is kept secret from the reader. We don't know exactly how they're planning on getting through this and that makes this final issue so exciting. There are so many twists and turns throughout this oversized chapter that really keep you on your toes. It looks like this tenuous plan could fall apart at any moment, which certainly raises the excitement level.
The casual interactions between each member of the team are pretty great. Writer Ben Kahn has smashed these unlikely allies together with their convergent personalities to deliver some brilliant dialogue. I particularly like the conversations, however one-sided they may be, between the cowboy Coin Counter and the samurai Hideki. The former blabs on and on, bragging about everything and anything, while the other not-so-silently wants to die all over again to escape such inane topics as the sexiest foods. For the record, zucchini is only the third sexiest food.
Artist Bruno Hidalgo's depiction of Heaven is similar in setup to that of Hell, albeit a much brighter one. This isn't your traditional version full of clouds and halos. It's a bustling metropolis with people coming and going.
Additionally, Hidalgo really captures the tension in every scene, especially the action-filled ones. You can practically feel every punch thrown and hear every bullet fire. The sound effects nearly cover the page, enveloping the characters are they head into a firefight. Each member of the team is very expressive too, so you get a real sense of what's going through their minds in these critical moments.
They've worked tirelessly towards this goal and it means the world to them. This is a chance to set things right. They screwed up during their first time on this mortal coil and ended up in Hell. Now they have the opportunity to perform a do-over. For this band of screw-ups, that's huge and they'll stop at nothing to accomplish this goal. This plan was meticulously thought out and Isaiah seems to have an answer for everything. If this is how successful he could be in planning a robbery, imagine what he could do if he applied that intellect to anything else.
Heavenly Blues sticks the landing on a terrific and otherworldly heist story. It took the time to establish these characters and what makes them tick so you become so invested in their lives. They absolutely have to succeed because if they don't, it will be completely devastating. Ben Kahn and Bruno Hidalgo make a great team. Between this and Shaman, they've got a couple solid titles under their belt. I'm excited to see what they do next.