Review: High Crimes #3

I’m going to start by saying that this is one of the top five comics currently being published. I feel embarrassed for any of you that are reading this review trying to decide if you should spend three dollars to buy all the issues of this series and read one of the greatest things to happen to comics in the past decade. Seriously, I’m not joking, this book is that damn good. I enjoyed the first issue immensely; then I began to have strong feelings for the second issue, but with this third issue its full-blown love. The thing about this issue that’s different from the rest is that the opening pages are a mixture of the past, recent past and present and while reading it you’re never once confused; explaining it is a different matter altogether. I’ll start with Zan on the run since that’s basically where the last issue left us. Currently three men with guns and a will to use them are chasing her down the street during traffic. Zan puts her athletic abilities into play and begins jumping cars to get out their line of sight. She comes to a big open market area with a ton of pigeons and sends them flying blocking their view. Unfortunately there weren’t a lot of places to hide and so she finds herself lying behind a cow. She pops up to see if the men have left and they open fire on the sacred beast killing it and stirring up the locals. She takes this opportunity to flee and begins thinking of what she needs to do when she gets back to her place. She repeats it over and over to herself in an attempt to keep her head together, so much so that she drops her guard.

That’s all I’m giving you, but damn I wish I could ramble on and on about this book. This issue is intense from beginning to end and the emotional journey that Zan on is deep. Her character basically ran away from life because she couldn’t deal with the media and world looking upon her at all hours of the day. She’s not good at dealing with things be they emotional or situations that arise in life and in this issues she’s facing one of each.

High Crimes #3The writing is phenomenal on this issue and the series in general. Zan’s narration for this issue is spot on and while everything is frantic and fast paced, the narration is the exact opposite. It’s calm and collected which is the perfect balance to the visuals. Zan is a great female character and never plays the damsel in distress. In fact, she’s pretty hardcore and if she wasn’t so messed up with drugs and shit, I would say that she’s a good role model… I’m mean alsmost.The crazy agents are fantastic characters as they truly don’t give a shit about anything. One of them basically says much, but to see them shoot at Zan and blow through pigeons and then shoot up a cow is awesome. And I mean they shoot the fuck out of that cow.

The art keeps up with the story and compliments it 100%. As I said, the narration intentionally works against what the art is showing making the visuals even more important. It’s a fantastic looking book and Moustafa’s the range is a credit to the medium. Zan’s look goes through a lot of changes in this issue, but she’s always recognizable as a character and that’s the biggest testament to the art. Also the violence is awesome and I don’t care if that makes me sound like a sicko. How can anyone not enjoy a pigeon getting a hole blown through it?!

I really don’t know why you read this review; you should have just gone over to Comixiology and bought it from the Monkey Brain Comics section. If you’ve yet to check it out then buy all three. This issue is sixteen pages long (not including bonus material) and I believe that’s about the same as the others as well; meaning for the price of a normal print issue you’re getting a ton of content. It’s well worth it and you definitely don’t want to be the last person to check this book out. I wish the story could go on forever, but I know that it has to end… doesn’t mean that I don’t still wish it though.

Score: 5/5

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa Publisher: Monkey Brain Comics Price: $.99 Release Date: 5/15/13 Comixology Link