In a week that featured some impressive first issues, the start of Seven Secrets’ third arc was what blew me away the most. It’d be nice if Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo didn’t leave us hanging for so long again, but the wait for Seven Secrets #13 was absolutely worth it.
Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Colors by: Walter Baiamonte with Katia Ranalli
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Featuring something outrageous in the first couple pages isn’t something new for comic book readers. Especially after a long pause, it’s an effective way to focus a reader’s attention. But, it’s one thing to shock readers. Taylor created another sort of mess in the first couple pages of Seven Secrets #13.
As wild as this development was — and I imagine that will be the thing to stick with readers above all else — it’s what Taylor and Di Nicuolo did afterward that made this book the best of the week. Things were already out of hand through the first two arcs of Seven Secrets. (Something to be expected from a Tom Taylor comic.) But now, it appears characters who already had the upper hand have something else working in their favor. Something that should ensure victory for one side.
Yet at the same time, Taylor has planted another seed of doubt. But that’s what makes Taylor one of the best writers in the business right now. Just when you think a seismic shift will take the story in one direction, he throws in a wrinkle or two. Combined with the ever-consistent artwork from Di Nicuolo, this title reminded everyone why it’s one of the better ongoing indie titles by making quite a bit of noise in its return to shelves.
Honorable Mentions: Bolero #1, X Days of Wolverine #1, King Spawn #1, Batman: The Knight #1, Excellence #12
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