Blood Tree #4
Written by Peter J Tomasi
Art by Maxim Simic
Colors by John Kalisz
Letters by Rob Leigh
The Rundown: Dario’s investigation into the Wingman will reveal some dark, personal truths.
Detective Dario Azzaro’s investigation leads him and his partner to the home of their main suspect and his collection of family trees. As they discover his motivations and how he will cleanse the world by killing the families of killers, Dario finds a list of potential targets including a file with his name on it.
After learning the truth about his real parents, another victim will force Dario to confront his birth mother as well as rush to keep his family safe from a killer who is still on the loose. Unfortunately, the city’s plan to protect the other families could facilitate a tragedy.
The Story: The story gets more intense and more personal for Dario in this issue and I loved both the reveal and its repercussions for the character. There are some great moments for the characters as he wrestles with his own past as well as his desire to keep his family safe. The moment between Dario and his wife is fantastic and shows depth of character and agency for her. Any other time, that moment would be filled with her panicking, but Tomasi infuses her with grit, determination and compassion. I love the rising tension throughout the issue and cannot wait to see what happens next.
The Art: Simic delivers some great visuals throughout the issue. The imagery keeps the detective noir aesthetic and I love it. The visuals also show the rising tension both in the story and in the characters.