February 24, 2016

Top Cow Reviews: Postal #10

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Publisher: Top Cow
Writer: Bryan Hill
Artist: Isaac Goodhart
Colorist: Betsy Gonia
Cover: Linda Sejic

There was so much unexpected goodness in this issue that it had to be read twice! Bryan Hill introduced a new resident to Eden last issue and the bodies hit the floor (literally) pretty quickly. There’s more to Molly than what some thought even though it’s well known that everyone in Eden has some kind of dark past. She’s pretty, smart, and has tendencies that put her on the spectrum of being a sociopath. So what does Hill do here? He peels back a few layers on Molly’s past and hits us with a surprise and we also get a peek at the investigation into Eden itself. Though the highlight of the issue is the discussion in the diner between Maggie and Molly. The veiled threats and back and forth between these two ladies was so great. You could feel the tension and the dialogue hit every beat necessary to make that sequence work. The set up here is what really makes that cliffhanger so powerful along with the artwork which we’ll get into next.

Isaac Goodhart and Betsy Gonia keep Postal looking great on the visual side of things. Making sure to help propel the narrative and enhance the storytelling page after page. The mood in Eden is always tense and the characters are carrying so much emotional weight around and it’s nice to see that Goodhart makes sure to convey that in who me meet. The sequence where Agent Bremble and Mr. Pross are talking is a pretty simple set up but Goodhart decides to give us a bit more. We see that Mr. Pross was a victim of “when keeping it real goes wrong” and though it’s not the most surprising thing it definitely helps give an added punch to the story and mood. The cliffhanger mentioned earlier is another strong visual sequence that just keeps building until the last page. That angle on the final page is perfect and also qualifies as a “when keeping it real goes wrong” moment in the life of an Eden resident.

What makes this issue and previous ones just as good, is that Hill delivers consistently well written characters in this thriller. Many of them aren’t what you consider “good” as far as a moral standpoint goes and that is part of what makes this such a great story. Postal is one of those titles that slowly works its way in then hits you with a surprise uppercut worthy of Sagat from Street Fighter! It’s that good folks and the sooner you add Postal to your pull list the better your collection will be.


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