Friday 21 March 2014

Aphrodite IX #9 Review

Writer: Matt Hawkins
Artist: Stjepan Šejic

Will a issue without any narrative be good? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

The ninth issue of APHRODITE IX finally reveals what the numbering system really means. Plus, Aphrodite XV’s design and build reveals more about Aphrodite IX’s future—and her past—than she could ever anticipate.

Aphrodite IX is a series that I truly can’t get enough off, and though there may be a few series that I say this about Aphrodite IX is one of the few that validate this reason the most. The sheer scope of the series is breathtaking with Aphrodite IX’s struggle for the truth giving a very humanised tone to what is otherwise a tremendous sci-fi series.

Matt Hawkins is taking a bold step with this issue by making it his first issue to have now narrative whatsoever. Now there are many writers who have do this on a regular basis so why dose this class as bold step. It does so as Hawkins is a writer renowned for his tremendous narration, being very outspoken for his reasoning of using it so frequently. Hawkins does however prove that he can write a story void of narrative with this being a smooth flowing exciting and emotional development point for Aphrodite IX. Hawkins also introduces more characters related to Aphrodite IX with the speculation of what will happen next having me more than excited.

Stjepan Šejic never fails to produce immense artwork on this series and his new style has really grown on me over the last few issues. The sheer detail of his art is simply outstanding with the crisp lines and intense layout giving a smooth flow to the story. Šejic also shows intensity in many other forms as besides the layouts the powerful facial expressions and energised action sequences also inject plenty of intensity. Despite all this it’s still the vibrant and glossy colours that I love most about Šejic’s art with this in particular being a plus to his new style.

Hawkins and Šejic continue to give us amazing issue after amazing issue and with this series crawling to it’s finale you’d be a fool to miss a single issue. Highly recommended.

Rating: 9.5/10


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