There’s one thing that I look forward to the most when I’m reading a title, and that’s if it gets better with each issue. A solid book that I’m going to be picking up monthly (or heaven forbid bi-weekly) must get better with each issue, or at least remain the same great quality. If it goes backward in any way, it gets ’86ed from my pull-list. I was skeptical of how ELSEWHERE was going to be, and #2 gave me a quick jab, saying, “Hey now, don’t you count me out,” and boy-oh-boy am I glad that I didn’t.
After the first two issues, I was okay with this title being solely about Amelia and DB. Jay Faerber (writer) has done a great job so far at weaving the title around these two iconic– hell, I say legendary characters. But this issue, like its predecessors, has managed to meld real history into this fantastic world that’s been created.
The shot of the NSDAP — Nazi Party — flag was, if I’m being honest, a shock. I didn’t see Faerber throwing something like that into the story, and I’m not sure it was purposely done so simply for story purposes, or a reaction (and a grab) to what’s currently going on in the political climate with the Radical Left accusing every Harry, Tom, Dick and Jane a Nazi they don’t agree with. I will say that it did give the story a whole new layer, one that intensified the overall possibilities of what the cast of characters might (or might not) come up against.
It also reminded me a lot of that moment in the DC Comics/Marvel crossover where even the Joker was absolutely disgusted by Red Skull, as DB’s reaction to the flag was very similar. DB wishing the worst kind of death upon them (in fewer words, of course). That whole scene was very well done, and gives you this sense that DB might not be that bad of a guy (as Shawn and Gus from Psych would say, “wait for iiiiiittt.”)
Another very interesting step forward in the grand scheme of this world was that despite what Amelia and crew were thinking, that the only way into this world was by air was completely shattered. Seeing the Nazi’s submarine kicks the entry door open and tells us that apparently you can get here (wherever that is) by sea, too. It definitely sets up this world to many more possibilities. It gives a longevity to the title that I didn’t originally see it having, as this allows for the title to be a steady ongoing instead of feeling like a mini-series.
I want to take a moment here and point out how much the art for this issue really did it for me. Sumeyye Kesgin has it honed in, and is pumping out extreme quality work. I know that I had said the art wasn’t doing it for me in my review of ELSEWHERE #1, but just as in issue two, it’s grown a lot on me. It definitely fits the style this story has about it, and gives it this extra kick of interesting. She’s now on my list of artists to watch out for, for sure.
Remember when I threw in that Psych reference? Yeah, how could you forget, right? Well here’s the moment–
The panel (to right) comes directly after Amelia assures the “leader” of the natives, MEYRICK, that her and DB aren’t like the others — Humans — that he and his people had encountered. Of course, from what the issues shows us, we can only believe those others are the Nazis, and just in perfect form we find DB writing down a way to get back to some location, and thus casting him in a curious and suspicious light for us readers.
This issue alone is a perfect example of why I love Image Comics‘ titles so much. What I thought would probably be a let down ends up turning out to be on my list (so far) for Top-10 issues of the year. This issue expanded on what was already laid in front of us, and introduced some new factors that really pulled me in and left me wondering what could possibly happen next. I want more issues like this.
You can pick up this issue at your local comic shop now, and ELSEWHERE #4 will be flying onto shelves on Wednesday, November 1st,
Questions are answered, and fates are sealed as Amelia Earhart faces a shocking betrayal in her quest to return home.