Copperhead #6

by Forrest.H on April 08, 2015

Writer: Jay Faerber
Artist: Scott GodlewskiRon Riley
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: April 8, 2015
Cover Price: $3.50

After what felt like a painfully long hiatus, Copperhead is back.

It’s back more personal, affable and intriguing than it’s ever been, too.  Faerber, Godlewski and Riley are a formidable team. So much so, that Copperhead is without a doubt my favorite comic currently running. However, this second arc is off to a different, shakier start than its predecessor despite its excellent production values and attention to detail.

Faerber has approached the narrative almost episodically, each issue allows us to know Clara, Boo and even, Copperhead more fully and this issue is no different.

Here, Clara sees the world she polices as a citizen of sorts for the first time. But even now, she can’t let her guard down fully as trepidations about miners, mayors and singleness haunt her.

Boo relaxes at home, haunted, too, by his own demons both in the form of flashback and very real, current offers and entanglements.

Each section of the book a small vignette, a look into the minds of each character and how they see not only themselves but the world around them and how that world sees them.

It’s great, character based writing but the narrative shifts focus so many times and so hastily in its efforts to set up everything that’s coming that it forgets to focus on the now, establishing time and place but not depth which the comic has been, previously, very good at.

There’s a lot of intrigue, loose-ends and motivations introduced as well as a multitude of interesting avenues for these characters but this time, they’re not fully explored or even begun which is disappointing.

Although the narrative lacks here a bit, the art does not. Godlewski presents as emotive and interesting world as ever. Some of the pages, broken into segments, extrapolating and drawing attention to every little detail that Godlewski so perfectly captures from emotion to miniscule texture. Brought to wonderfully developed and executed colors by Riley, one has to mention, too.

This arc is off to an interesting, if different, start. The narrative is less focused but still wonderfully expressive and, human. There’s a lot going on in the small mining town of Copperhead and I fully trust these creators to do what they do best in bringing it to life. 

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