Stealth #4 Review

by Nick Devonald on August 13, 2020

Writer: Mike Costa
Artist: Nate Bellegarde
Colours: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters: Sal Cipriano

This issue gives a little less time to looking at Daniels mental illness and a little more time focusing on all the other aspects of the ongoing storyline. While one of the strengths of the previous issues has been the way that mental illness has been tactfully and senistively explored and treated, its absence in this issue isn’t a bad thing, and it allows some of the other storylines to take front and center. Tony has firmly grasped hold of the idea that it might be the Stealth suit rather than dementia which is causing his fathers mental health problems. While it makes sense for him to desperately grab onto this idea it would feel like a bit of a cop out if there was a magic solution for Daniels dementia by the conclusion of the storyline.

The war between Stealth and Dead Hand is heating up in this issue. Daniel manages to keep enough wits about him to take on the gang surrounding him in the cliff-hanger ending of the last issue, but with his rapidly declining mental health it’s unclear whether or not he’ll be able to continue the war after this battle. Then, far from being sidelined, Tony spends a great deal of this issue investigating Stealth’s background, which takes him down a dangerous route. Over half way through the series now and it’s still far too early to say where the story will end, or even whether this mini-series will lead onto more stories in the future. It’ll be exciting to find out.

Nate Bellegarde’s art has been one of the highlights of the series, while Stealth and Dead hand have echoes of other superheroes and villains it doesn’t detract from the story, rather it gives readers a good idea of the kind of characters they are so less time is needed to spend on their origins and history and more time can be spent on the current storyline. The action scenes are full on and epic, but one of the highlights are the emotions during the quieter moments of the story. Then there’s Tamra Bonvillains colours, which are the final touch that the art needs. She brings each panel to life.

While this issue focuses a little less on Daniels declining mental state and a little more on all of the other storylines it’s cleverly done and doesn’t feel like the dementia storyline is taking a back seat, rather it’s just allowing the other storylines a chance to breath. The art and colours continue to be good. A unique and interesting way to look at mental health through a superhero story, this is a comic you won’t regret picking up.

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