Creator / Writer / Artist: Lorenzo De Felici, Letterer: Rus Wooton.
Kroma awakes paralysed to find the man who saved her, standing over her with a knife. He was outcast from the city, but if he brings back her eyes, they will welcome him with open arms. She struggles with the morals of the situation. Does she defend herself and kill him, turning herself into what the city had always said she was. . . or does she run away and not look back, hoping that she is too fast for him? Either way, she’s on her own, and between the mercenaries and the monsters, her chances are getting slimmer.
This series has continued to amaze me. I’m still in awe at the talent on show by Lorenzo De Felici. Even if the series wasn’t amazing, it’s still incredible to see the skills that are on display to be able to write and draw. Lorenzo is in a small list of creators that can do it, and do it well. I’m still really enjoying the lore that’s being built up. It’s interesting to see how things develop with the relationships between the characters and the colours. I do particularly enjoy the blessing that they give each other “let colour stay out of your dreams’. They are so engrained with this ideology that it’s been put into prayers.
It’s still shocking that the ‘main’ character was killed off. Although Zet is still around as Kroma is conscious. It’s nice to have him still around even though he’s a figment of Kroma’s imagination. Although he’s not the only one whispering in her ear. She has the Makavi as her bad side, trying to influence her. Although this is a good way to represent the good and the bad, there was one issue I had with it. After her encounter with the bird man, she blames Zet for lying to her, saying she won’t hurt anyone. This just felt wrong to me, as Zet is in her mind. It went ok just slightly too long, so it seems like we should actually blame the character and not hold Kroma accountable for her actions. She had a chance to leave, but decided to deal with the bird man completely. There’s a moment after this where she looks to try and make amends for her actions, after the mercenary sneaks up on her. When they are surprised by a lizard, she throws coloured balls at it. This could be to confuse it and help her get away, but it also helps him. With the position they were in, she had the advantage and so didn’t need to do that. So this could be her having conflicting thoughts about what she just did to the bird man.
The latter part of the book (last 16 pages) is mostly silent. This is where the art is at its most beautiful. With very little speech to get in the way of the colours, it’s allowed to flourish on the pages. The colours are vibrant and they are made so much brighter with the dichotomy of the city and the outside world. It’s incredible to view and it made me stare at each panel and take in all its beauty.
At 46 pages it’s still a long book, but it doesn’t ever feel it. The writing is fantastic, other than the one issue I had with blaming Zet. The colours are what draw this book apart from everything else though. Its contradiction in the black and white peaceful city and then the colourful and dangerous outside world are just incredible sights to behold. Even though the colours are great, I still feel slightly let down by the blaming of Zet so for that this issue gets 3 POPs out of 5 from me.
Kroma issue 3 was released by Image Comics on 18th January from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology
Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.