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‘Cover #4’ (review)

Written by Brian Michael Bendis 
Illustrated by David Mack
Published by DC Comics


This story about comic book artists going undercover and being secret agents is absolutely stunning.

Bendis is always a solid bet, but when he is teamed up with the amazing David Mack, the result are glorious. These two creators come together to push themselves onto new creative heights. It’s truly a great thing to see.

The first scene of this comic book is Max Field getting beaten up.

It’s a funny scene, especially when Max admits that as an artist that he’s been drawing nosebleeds all wrong and that being punched made him realize that.

Bendis starts us on a peculiar moment and just runs away with the story. It’s also wonderfully drawn in silhouette by David Mack.

The Jack Kirby discussion about him punching Nazis is pretty priceless.

From there we go into a strange, and abstract scene. I do enjoy these because they are more about emotion and feeling than anything else. It’s wonderfully placed and perfectly realized here.

We then get back into the main story. We see a beautiful scene where Max meets a woman. They have a discussion. The scene is so beautifully drawn by Mack that you can’t believe your eyes. It’s just gorgeous. The colors especially pop off the page here. And then we see Max’s world start to really come together as he can’t seem to distinguish any of it apart from each other.

He meets up with another artist. We get to see that artist’s project. And the end of the issue is unlike anything I have read before. This is something truly incredible here. I’m stunned by this comic book.

Bendis and Mack make for an amazing team. They are firing on all cylinders here. I can’t say enough about this book. Oh, except that I truly can’t wait to read it all together as I’m sure it’ll be one hell of a rewarding experience unlike anything I’ve ever seen.




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