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DRYAD # 3 review – It Takes a Village (Wiebe, Osterling, Casey, Campbell, Stone, Oleksak, Amiri, Oni Press)

Writer – Kurtis J. Wiebe Artist – Justin Osterling Colorist – Meg Casey Letterer – Jim Campbell Designer – Kate Z. Stone Cover Artist – Tomas Oleksak Editor – Jasmine Amiri

Thanks to Oni Press for the review copy!

The first issue of Dryad was a bit slow, but it teased enough to keep me reading.  Issue two really stepped it up and moved the series in an interesting direction. With issue three, my patience with the series has paid off. The third installment is the best issue yet, finally delivering fully on the promise Dryad has flashed thus far. Both the parents and their children are more interesting this issue, the first in which I’ve actually cared about all of them.

What was set up in the first issue as a fairly standard ‘old world of elves and magic’ has been revealed to be something much more than meets the eye, morphing into something unique and much more interesting. In the last issue, we some some pretty advanced guns, which was fairly shocking given the world established in the first issue and really put me off balance. This issue, it is Yale’s turn to show he is more than meets the eye. This issue also explores the world further, and provides a pretty neat reveal.

Valencia is being fleshed out as a character as well. I’m curious to see where the writers take her character, as she is becoming more than just the bad guy. I see her being used as the vehicle to further explain the Dryad universe moving forward. Speaking of which, we are finally given a hint as to why the book is called ‘Dryad.’

As was the case in prior issues, one of the strengths of the art is how it depicts glowing light effects. This issue also has a fair amount of action using the technique, it really pops off the page.

While this issue takes the world of Dryad in a new direction, the series is still focused on the family relationship between the four main characters. The new reveals about the characters strengthens this aspect of the title. If you were on the fence about giving Dryad a try, issue three has convinced me that it is worth a look. This issue has some curse words, but the violence is blood free.

DRYAD #3 will be released on July 8th.

Have you read the first 2 issues? Are you going to pick up the 3rd issue? Feel free to chat with me on Twitter or leave a comment below!

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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