|Men of Wrath 3 cover |
by Garney and Milla
History is catching up with the Rath men.
Each issue of Men of Wrath has included an introduction via a historical family event. So far we have seen great-grandfather Isom Rath kill a man in cold blood, over some sheep. Next came grandfather Alford Rath, slaughtering his family in a rabies-induced episode. Then Monroe Rath killed his wife, only to be picked up by the police a short time later. In the present issue we have Ira and Rueben, duking it out.
One thing is certain, the Raths spill blood freely and easily. The squeamish reader would have stopped long ago at issue #1. This story is not a casual experience, but an intense and gutsy exploration of a cursed father and son relationship; one that is passed down through the generations of the Raths.
Men of Wrath #3 is on point for the series. It continues the mood, tone, and feel established previously by writer Jason Aaron and artist Ron Garney. This issue sees the creators push the boundary further as the battle between Rath men spills over onto holy ground. It was a nice touch to see the preacher raise his own gun to try and bring down Ira. Aaron certainly isn't holding back.
|There is no Sacred Ground for the Raths|
Issue #3 of the series seemed shorter than the others, although this is because the scene takes place mostly in one place. The action is quick, and given the above-mentioned approach from Garney this series is doing what a good drama should. It is uncompromising in its approach and establishes the reader in the story as he or she speeds through the pages hoping with each page that it will not be the last.
This is a very good series, and while this issue was not at the same height as the previous two, rest assured we are in extremely good hands as we hold out for the next issue.
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