REVIEW: Plutona #4

With a team of Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, and Jordie Bellaire, it would hard pressed for Plutona to disappoint anybody. Together this team took the classic tale from Stephen King’s novella The Body, and brought it into the new generation. And just like its predecessor, this fourth issue really digs into the tragedy of childhood. Friendships die, unfortunate romances blossom, and parents have less authority. There was honestly not a single blunder in this issue. Both the art and writing were flawless, almost to the point where it is intimidating for upcoming creators.

Emi and Jodie’s collaboration on this issue was incredible. There were constant moments where Jordie would highlight these vibrant emotional moments from Emi with perfect subtlety. The most notable moment, for me, was with Diane staring after Teddy. Everything in that panel just pulled out those sad blue eyes. And the panel with the flashlight, laying on the ground, shining on Plutona’s body was also fantastic. That retro palette Jodie used, with a lack of screened glow effects, just worked very well with Emi’s night scenes. And with Emi’s perspective, backgrounds, and facial expressions, the two brought this issue to life.

All if this is due, in no small part, to Jeff’s amazing writing. His scripts were so well done, that he could have coasted this entire issue only using the narrative and art. Which is exactly how a comic book is supposed to be written. And when Jeff does use dialogue, it has a purpose. Each moment a character opens their mouth, or their text message, gives the reader another insight to their lives and perspective. He also gives a nice treat at the end of every issue, with Plutona’s story before her death. This is especially great since Jeff does the art himself. The only thing that has worn its welcome, in the series, is Ray. At this point, he is just too redundant.

Either way, though, Jeff’s scripts were outstanding this issue. And the artists, Emi and Jordie, did a great job interpreting them together, as if they were just a single artist, Emordie Bellenox. I recommend this issue to everyone who reads this. It is well worth the money, and time, spent. Plutona #4 definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars.

STORY BY Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox
ART BY Emi Lenox, Jeff Lemire

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