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R.I.P.D.: City Of The Damned #4 [Dark Horse Comics] Review

Posted on March 13, 2013 AT 09:50pm

The conclusion to the comic book prequel of the highly anticipated movie R.I.P.D. has now arrived, and this mini-series ends just the way it should: with a bang. With Roy and Crispin trying to make heads or tails of the goings on in Roy’s first assignment as as a member of the Rest In Peace Department. With Sterling enacting his plan and Lucifuge looking to be on the side of the R.I.P.D., this assignment is becoming more and more complicated, with more and more action hitting the screen than ever before.

This issue is a fitting conclusion to this mini-series, giving ample closure to the mission at hand. While the entirety of the main plot that has been going on from the first three issues is fully resolved, the creative team does make some headway into explaining [Spoiler]the beginnings of the relationship between Roy and Nick Cruz, the R.I.P.D. agent that the former series and the film will focus on. This jump happens a bit too fast, and bringing Nick in for the last few pages leaves the ending feeling a bit rushed, but as an issue itself, it feels conclusive to how the story will develop in the film. There are a few surprising results, and the character of Roy himself develops more in those final few pages than he had in the entire series.

Writer Jeremy Barlow has shown off a lot of skill in taking a beloved series and adding his own mark on it during this series. While the flow of the series makes a dramatic change near the end of the series, up until that point the series was working well, if progressing a bit slowly. It feels as though the dramatic twist should have come earlier, but that does allow for quite a bit of character development, which seems to be a strength of Barlow’s.

Tony Parker does a terrific job on artwork as well, with his artwork complemented well by colorist Michelle Madsen. While Parker’s work isn’t one of major environmental and shadowing detail, his work is crisp and clean, with terrific work done on action sequences and human anatomy. The great work by Parker and the gritty coloring of Madsen make a perfect fit for the series, blending well with Barlow’s writing to make the complete package.

Summary: With the end of this series, readers both old and new should be satisfied with this precursor to the upcoming film. With solid efforts from everyone involved, this series went off without too many missteps, and with the conclusive issue, set up the events of the film pretty well.

Pros: Solid Writing And Artwork, Good Set-Up Premise For Upcoming Film.

Cons: Strange Plot Progression Near End Of Issue.

Grade: B-


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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