OUTER DARKNESS #4 Written by John Layman, Art by Afu Chan, Lettering by Pat Brosseau
In this issue, we learn the sad tale of Chief Navigator Elox. What secret in his past might doom the crew of The Charon, and why does he hate everyone so much?
A copy of Outer Darkness #4 was provided by Image Comics for review.
The fourth instalment of Outer Darkness focuses on the navigator of Charon, Elox. Within the first few pages Elox reveals his turbulent and incredibly violent past. As if the questionable histories of Captain Rigg, and Sato Shin weren’t enough to juggle on this crew, Elox seems to have them all beat. As we learn more about Elox’ former life, things take a turn for the worse aboard the ship. The wait before Issue #5 is going to be rough!
There are some beautiful panels in this issue. The standard cover is one of my favorites so far. I love how this issue brings in more of the horrors of space-faring both in the plot elements, and the more gruesome artwork. There are demons lurking around every corner, and I can’t wait to see how bad things get for this crew. I’m confident that they will face any situation bravely, whether they all come out of the fight unscathed is the real question.
I’m hoping that Issue #5 provides some more information on the main objective for Captain Rigg and the good ship Charon. While I do enjoy these character focused stories, it would be nice to have a bit more context soon. The plot will start to feel strained if too many subsequent issues lack any new information on the rescue mission Rigg is on.
You can read some more of my thoughts on the previous issues of Outer Darkness on my Goodreads!