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R.I.P.D.: City Of The Damned #3 [Dark Horse Comics] Review

Posted on January 22, 2013 AT 06:52pm

The second to last issue of the comic book prequel to the upcoming R.I.P.D. film has arrived, and the adventure of Roy Pulsipher and Crispin Mather is really beginning to heat up, both literally and figuratively. Over the last two issues, Roy and Crispin have had their hands full after Roy’s enlistment into the Rest In Peace Department. From their battle with Lucifuge to the disaster in Black Pool (tentacles monsters, brainwashed townspeople, the usual), Roy and Crispin have had their share of trouble. When, on the brink of destruction, Lucifuge returns, the story really begins to take an interesting turn. The duo has been separated, and with an emerging character coming in with ill intentions, all of the loose ends will be coming to a head very soon. While the issue as a whole is very well done, there are a few issues. The fast pace made it seem as though the issue was far too short, with huge action sequences taking up quite a bit of space, making the plot development seem a bit too rushed.

Writer Jeremy Barlow has really turned this into an exciting series, with three issues full of supernatural thrills and witty dialog. While the first two issues were mainly building up, this series has hit a major tipping point and with the final issue looming, there is a ton of action on the horizon. With Lucifuge’s plan to recapture the soul of an incredibly vile criminal named Sterling well underway, things are beginning to change drastically, and Barlow has set things up beautifully for a stunning conclusion.

Artist Tony Parker has definitely stepped up the artwork in issue, especially during some of the more complex action scenes. There are a lot of moving parts (not to mention demons and other forms of craziness) in this issue, which means a lot of work from Parker and colorist Michelle Madsen. Both do an excellent job on the issue, however, with Roy and Crispin looking well-formed and gritty, and the supernatural elements looking especially scary. Action sequences look great as well, with explosions and insane sequences featured heavily.

With the way that the series has been going so far, the finale looks to be an incredibly exciting. Lucifuge’s plan has taken an unexpected turn, and a new foe has entered the fray, confronting one of our heroes and making a rather bold statement.  Now that the major plot point has been introduced, the conclusion looks as though it will be unforgettable.

Summary: With one more issue remaining, this series is picking up in a big way. With Roy and Crispin separated and the demon Lucifuge stepping in, the R.I..P.D. is having a bit more trouble than they originally expected on Roy’s first assignment. The writing is excellent in this issue, and the artwork has stepped up to match. This series is meant to be a ramp up for the film, and if this series is any indication, the movie is going to be a major hit.

The Good: Excellent Writing, Terrific Artwork

The Bad: Fast Pace Takes Some Getting Used To

The Ugly: N/A

Score: 8.5


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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