Writers: Scott Godlewski, Jay Faerber
Artist: Scott Godlewski
Colorist: Ron Riley
Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Publisher: Image Comics
Review by Cory Webber
Copperhead #19 is the first issue in a four-part, series-ending story arc. The last issue ended with a tease regarding Mister Hickory’s mining operation. While Clara tries to get to the bottom of it all, her son grapples with his own issues concerning his mother. Also, this issue opens up with a mystery regarding the planet’s natives.
Now, the strength of Copperhead has always been the way the relationships are written. The ones involving Clara have felt so real and complicated: from the convoluted, crazy past with her ex-husband, to the playful yet professional back-and-forth with Boo, her former deputy. However, the relationship that has developed into something sweet is the one between Clara’s son and his baby-sitter/neighbor Missus Sewell, a one-eyed, four-armed, green-skinned alien.
Again, the relationships are a strong point. The fact that it’s a space western set in a struggling mining town at the edge of space is a bonus. And, if you’ve been waiting for Copperhead to get a little more science fiction-y, then know that the wait has been worth it, as things ratchet up with the natives, a scary, arachnid-type species. Plus, there is a hint as to what is being unscrupulously mined, which leads up to what should be an epic, action-filled conclusion.
Now, let’s talk about the art. Godlewski is great at telling the story through emotion, and this shines through in his character’s facial expressions. No offense to the writers, but you could almost read this story without the words. Riley’s colors continue to complement the story so well. The bright colors really pop against the barren background of the town. Most noteworthy is the color work on the final page, which is perfect in its minimalistic usage. Its effect is still looming in my mind as I write this. Furthermore, Mauer’s lettering is fantastic, whether it’s an aggressive word balloon eclipsing another one, or the perfect choice and placement of sound effects, it just fits.
Verdict: Buy it.
Copperhead #19 perfectly sets the stage for the series finale. While I am sad to see it end, it is nice to see these creators tell the story they want to tell. Go get the first four volumes and then read along as this epic concludes.