Stillwater #14 Comic Review: Galen invades Coldwater in this beautiful but uneventful issue.




Written by: Chip Zdarsky, Illustrated by: Ramon K Perez, Colours by: Mike Spicer, Lettering by: Rus Wooton.

 

ISSUE RECAP: After Kreegs and Ted realise that Daniel didn’t die in the fire, they regroup with Galen, who figures out that they extended the border. His plan to keep people entertained and to help capture Daniel, Tanya, and Laura. Galen gets an audience with the Coldwater Mayor and then starts his plan to take over the town. Will the residents of Coldwater act in the same way as those from Stillwater, though?

 

After a very dramatic first issue of the arc, this issue slows down the pace a lot. This I actually think is to its detriment. One thing that made me question the writing was the meeting between Galen and the Coldwater mayor. She walks in late to exclaim that it is because she didn’t sleep well. I found that infuriating, speaking as someone who has lots of meetings, you don’t turn up late with that excuse. Even worse is that she’s running a town and couldn’t be bothered to be on time for someone who she thought was one of her constituents.



There was one good element from a writing perspective: Galen, as he has done before, frequented a burger restaurant. He says that even though he doesn’t have to eat, he chooses to. Mrs Milton tried to rationalise his need for burgers. Before the border was extended, he had to risk his life by going there to get a burger. The thrill of doing so after living in the same place where he doesn’t age or die for 40 years made the burger worth it. She then starts to question is it still? Which raises a good point: if there weren’t any risk to things, would the reward be as good? In this case, his risk was relatively low, as no one was willing to do anything to him, but the reward of doing it and then having the burger was well worth it. Now that there’s no risk, does the burger have the same taste? If it does, is it just like a muscle memory for now, until it wears off? It’s an interesting point and it represents so much for the townsfolk of Stillwater. They all feel a sense of relief for seeing something new. . . but how long will that last?




The artwork by Ramon K Perez is as good as it normally is, although a few pages really stood out as stunning. After the invasion into Coldwater, a few people are watching the borders. During shift change there were pages that were draped in a purple light (as seen above). The moon in the sky, and these stunning silhouettes talking about how things had gotten stale in Stillwater. I couldn’t help but just stare at them as they were so striking and without a doubt worth slogging through everything else in this book to get to those pages.


Overall, this was unfortunately a rather dull entry to the series that has been explosive through its run.


So I can’t give this issue any higher than 2 POPs out of 5.


And only that high due to the incredibly pages of silhouettes in the back of the book that are beautiful.


Stillwater #14 was released by Image Comics on 3rd August 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.




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