Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Colorist: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Publisher: AfterShock Comics
Release Date: September 15, 2021
Reviewer: JR Huitt
Writer Ed Brisson’s Beyond The Breach #3, from AfterShock Comics, continues to expand on the exciting adventure that began in the earlier issues. A tense standoff that began last issue wraps up, but not before blood is shed on both sides. Following that resolution, Beyond the Breach #3 transforms into a road trip book as Samuel and Vanessa commit to taking Dougie to his family. Read on to see how far down the road Beyond The Breach #3 gets.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Ed Brisson is throwing everything into Beyond The Breach #3. During “Long Day’s Ride ‘Till Tomorrow,” the story quickly moves through the various points without dragging. I liked the quandary that Brisson put the characters in when they were faced with having to decide who to trust and why.
However, I would like to see more reactions from the people who are trapped inside the Breach. While I do understand that humanity is a resilient species, I do wonder if everyone would be able to adjust to the new status quo as quickly as it seems. I know I would be dealing with panic attacks personally, and I would like to see something similar reflected in the story.
Damian Couceiro does a great job of making Beyond The Breach #3 feel like a lived-in, last resort, world. The aftermath of the original attack from the last issue looks horrible and how I would expect it to look if aliens had attacked. After our road buddies leave the town of Garberville, CA, the world opens up and becomes brighter, but still shows signs of the breach thanks to all of the damaged cars and buildings. Another thing that I enjoyed about Beyond The Breach #3 was the page composition. It was very easy to follow the story without having to stop and analyze the panel layout. Unfortunately, some books seem to take it as a challenge to see how many panels can be squeezed into a page.
I enjoyed Beyond The Breach #3 very much. Ed Brisson seems to be very sure-footed as the story moves from peak to peak. However, he is leaving enough of a mystery that Beyond The Breach could support additional stories set in either universe. I’ve looked forward to seeing how the road trip is handled in Beyond The Breach #4.