"The Curse of Brimstone #4" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by DC Comics
Written by Justin Jordan
Illustrated by Eduardo Pansica
Inked by Julio Ferreira
Colored by Rain Beredo
Lettered by Wes Abbott
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 4th, 2018
Joe and Annie are leaving their hometown to search for the mysterious Salesman, who turned Joe into a fiery monster named Brimstone. It's a supernatural road trip! Guiding them on this journey is a ledger Annie picked up showing other destroyed towns the Salesman has played his monkey's paw tricks on. This leads them to a being known as Detritus, who is made of dark water and is Brimstone's next fight.
In a weird way, Joe got his wish, as he's finally left his podunk hometown. Granted, it cost the lives of a bunch of people, including his father, but he's got a purpose in his life now. He's driven by vengeance. I guess that's what a deal with the devil can get you.
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Joe has also accepted the power that burns within him, although these newfound abilities come with a price. We learn how the Salesman is connected to the Dark Nights: Metal series in this issue of The Curse of Brimstone and it's a pretty crazy link. Every time Joe uses his powers, he opens the door to the dark multiverse just a little bit more. This can allow all kinds of monsters into our world, hell-bent on destroying everything and anything in their sight. No pressure, Joe.
Eduardo Pansica picks up the art duties with this issue and he's a welcome addition. He definitely makes his mark with the first few pages, giving us a glimpse at Detritus that will not soon be forgotten. This is an incredible monster that appears as a hulking mass of water. This wouldn't be all that creepy on its own. What makes Detritus so unsettling are the bodies that lurk within its dark form. Its head is made up of a collection of human skulls. Arms and legs stick out of its shoulders and sides as reminders of the souls it has taken.
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Colorist Rain Beredo gives Detritus a murky quality. This is the kind of water that you can't see through. Who knows what other horrors are hidden within its body? It's a dark grey hue that plays into the inhuman quality of the creature. This contrasts well with Brimstone's fiery form, bursting onto the scene in a haze of orange flame.
Although Brimstone is the hero of this story, he still has ties to evil. His very existence comes at the possible detriment of the entire world. This comes through not only in his appearance but in his speech. Letterer Wes Abbott uses these rough word balloons with black backgrounds and an orange font that makes every word Brimstone says feel guttural and jagged. I imagine his voice sounding like gravel grinding through a blender.
Along the way, Joe and Annie meet a strange man who clearly knows more about the Salesman than they do. This opens the door to the wider story at work here and it's some pretty interesting stuff. Writer Justin Jordan expands the mythos of this character considerably in this issue. Where the first three chapters establish Brimstone and his origin, this one is the first step into the greater DC Universe.