American Carnage #4
DC Comics/Vertigo Comics
Written by Bryan Hill
Art by Leanardo Fernandez
Colors by Dean White
Letters by Pat Brosseau
Richard is getting in too deep and it might cost him everything.
In the aftermath of the attack on Jennifer Morgan’s house, Richard, Jennifer and Amy are at the police station. Jennifer is dealing with a detective who is asking some serious questions about why there was a cross burning at the home of a white woman and Jennifer is not being forthcoming.
Richard is entertaining Amy with sign language and telling her a story that he hopes will help the young girl overcome her fear of what happened that night. When they leave the station, Richard goes over the line in his questioning of Jennifer and she kicks him out of the car.
After debriefing Shiela, he tries to tell her that things are getting dangerous for him. A revelation that comes into stark reality when he checks into a hotel only to find the man who framed him for murder inside with a shotgun.
At the same time, Morgan is dealing with not only dissention in the ranks of the organization, but also the prospect of that violence coming after his family.
Bryan Hill delivers a deeply engaging and thought-provoking issue. The dialogue is amazing and the interpersonal conflicts are laid out brilliantly. There is not one wasted moment in the plot and pacing of this story. Everything was broken down to the most relevant both from the characters and the plot. I can’t wait to see how deep things get after the shocking cliffhanger at the end of this issue.
Leanardo Fernandez knocks it out of the park with the art. There are some beautifully detailed panels throughout the issue and the use of shadow is both dramatic and necessary.