In Review: Willow #3

The covers: A nude Willow is partially covered by a giant snake’s tail. Now whom have we seen in this series that has one of those? Wings and crown made of leaves are either moving toward or away from our favorite witch. Another impressive cover from David Mack. Megan Lara is responsible for the Alternate cover which shows Willow in the arms of…That would be giving a plot point away. A good cover but it’s “glowing” a little too much for me. Overall grades: Regular A and Alternate B+

The story: As stated by co-editor Scott Allie in the letters page, Christos Gage, writer of Angel & Faith, has been brought on this issue to segue Jeff Parker’s script with the rest of the Season 9 story line. I didn’t detect any rewriting or refocusing of the story; this issue fit smoothly with the previous two. What’s going on? In her “Wonderland” witches’ coven, Willow has discovered there’s not enough magic on Earth to provide an anchor so she can get home. Marrak gets himself banished for trying to help Willow, stating to the witches, “You think I don’t see through you?” Willow spends the rest of the book trying to figure out what to do, while her new friends make her comfortable. There are several funny moments, but I feltr a sense of “Be careful what you wish for…” before Marrak reentered Willow’s story. I enjoyed the story, even if the last page had me thinking of Reggie Jackson from The Naked Gun. Overall grade: A-

The art: I’m really fond of the look of this book, thanks to penciller Brian Ching and inker Jason Gorder. Both are very good at making things look cute (Willow and “that adorable little flying octopus”), yet they can turn up the menace quite quickly (Page 13, panel five), and quite nicely, especially with “Hello Cthulhu.” They also pull of some impressive backgrounds, such as Willow flying in the clouds (Don’t ask, just pick up this book!). I look forward each month to see what this pair has produced. Overall grade: A

The colors: Take a look at Page 2, where Willow is seeing into three different dimensions. The coloring really sells the art, with the bright white enclosing each realm, and the individual shades of each location sells their alien-ness. Look at Page 3, where a spell is leveled against Marrak. The coloring sells the strength of the spell because the deep blue night has blossomed into an orange explosion. Examples like this can be found throughout this book showing Michelle Madsen is a masterful mage of coloring. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Closing out this issue is the work of Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt. They contribute lots of dialogue, some interior narration, and many sound effects, however my favorite work of theirs comes from a flying creature at the end of the book. Aces for both. Overall grade: A

The final line: This is the transition issue for Willow where she’s bottomed out and a decision will be reached next month. This is building up to the climax, and I’m looking forward to seeing it. Overall grade: A

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