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Stillwater #17 COMIC REVIEW: The people of Coldwater rise up as Daniel starts to fumble.

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


Clara detailed her past about her boys and how the curse came to be. Daniel and the others know how important it is to protect her. Daniel wants to lay low and has a plan meanwhile the citizens of Coldwater are rising up and fighting their oppressors. With them causing a distraction, they are able to send the children of Coldwater away so they have the chance to grow up, but Galen is aware of everything and has plans in place. Do Daniel and the others have a choice? Can they lay low or should they go help the children?

It’s been more than a month since I last read a Stillwater issue. I did have to refresh myself to the last book. I then quickly remembered that, the previous issue had raised questions for me that I wasn’t sure would be answered. If Clara had manifested the curse back during the Civil War, why was it around then, then decided to break until the '90s? Unfortunately I was right, this issue doesn’t explain that, but rather just tells us that now Clara is important and must be kept alive. This itself raises questions. If the curse is down to her being alive, then why is she so important? The team want to remove the curse. I’m not saying kill her, but why is she so important?


Something else that came to mind was how drastic Daniel's character has changed through the series. He starts off as an entitled rich guy who doesn’t really care about anything. From there, he develops a conscience and becomes the macho protector of the town. He has developed into a messiah who doesn’t want to inflict violence on anyone. The strange thing about this is that for any other character on any series, this kind of drastic change would be noticeable and shocking, however under the script of Chip Zdarsky, it does feel like a natural profession for the character. So this I believe demonstrates how incredible the writing is and has been in this series overall.


The art from Perez and Spicer is as good as it normally is. We get some action packed panels that look great. We don’t get any double page or even a single page spread until the very end, with a shocking single page. Other than that, because there’s so much to say in this issue, we get lots of small dynamic panels that creates the fast-paced action throughout.


Overall, I’m still really enjoying this series although I’m slightly worried about how it will end as we draw to the inevitable conclusion. We haven’t had any of the questions answered that were raised by the revaluations of the last issue. Up until this point it had answered questions of things but managed to keep its mystery too. Although I fear that what has happened could ruin either the mystery or the story from having a poor explanation. Something else that I noticed was how short the book is. At 21 pages it feels like a very quick read. I know this is going to be a personal thing due to the other books I’m reading, but it’s strange to pick up a book like this and it stops just when things get good. It makes me love the longer issues even more.

Something else that’s strange is the delay between the next issue. After a big cliffhanger like that we now have to wait more than a month for the next one. Despite this small problems I’m still loving this series, and this issue felt like a return to form from the last, a good 4 POPs out of 5 even if I am worried about the way it could end.


Stillwater issue 17 was released 4th January from Image Comics, available at your Local Comic Shop and also 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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