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Stillwater #16 ADVANCE REVIEW: The truth about the town's mystery is revealed, but is it satisfying?

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


After the revelation that Clara is the one responsible for the curse, she tells the group how it came to pass. In 1842, her two boys were born and she loved them unconditionally. They were so different, and as hard as things were she loved her life. Then war came. In 1862, one of her boys enlisted and unfortunately fell. This devastated the family, which caused the other boy to enlist. Clarice was heartbroken, so she begged and pleaded to God to save her son. Her curse saved the whole town but doomed her to be seen as a witch. Now with a different identity, she doesn’t want her past to be her undoing.

We are back after almost 2 months away from this series. I did have to refresh my memory, but that didn’t take long. We had the dramatic revelation in the last issue that this was all Clara’s fault. This I found interesting and couldn’t wait to find out how. Although when we went back to the Civil War it only created more questions for me. If Clara was the one to set up the curse in 1862, why is no one around from back then and also what happened between then and 1990 when Galen seemed to be a young boy. It’s answered how it started, but for me it raises those questions, and this is where it’s difficult for a book or film to give too many answers. You take away the mystery, and you have to make sure it’s perfect, or you end up with plot holes.


I believe Zdarsky knows what he is doing as he’s an incredible writer but that’s not the only thing that has me concerned. Daniel, Tanya, and Laura had been very patient to plan everything out, then when Clara was in danger they acted and accidentally killed someone. This shocked them as they expected him to live, but then in this issue, they forgot about the body. They suddenly turn incompetent when the plot needed them to be. It’s something that bothers me when characters just go against everything they have been before. If there is a rationale behind it, then I could understand. People in stressful situations do things erratically, but for them to forget something that they commented on how much it shocked them is just too much of a character jump. It’s also been 2 months since the last issue and I have no idea what the delay was about.


I think the artwork by Ramon K Perez and colours by Mike Spicer were especially good in this issue. I loved the classic 19th century look to the costumes. The added deep purple made the atmosphere just that little different. Making it look like the dusk of an era. As they change from normal life to the new world of immortality. It looked beautiful.


Overall, I can’t give it more than 3 POPs out of 5.

I love this book and I love the series, but when the revelations just create more plot holes and questions, it makes the answers less relevant. It would always be difficult to add the answers, but I feel this has now put a small dent in what has been a fantastic series. I hope these will be ironed out over the next few issues, but I can’t help but think as we are coming to the end, I doubt that much will come of it.


Stillwater issue 16 will be released from Image Comics on November 30th 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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