Dustin’s reviews for this series have been spot-on to what I was thinking, and a lot of those concerns he had on the previous two issues still seem to be in play here on issue #4. The overall concept is an interesting one but the way it’s executed isn’t all that engrossing or intriguing. I feel like in a world that’s created like this should have me thinking like an issue of Mind MGMT, but it just doesn’t do that. Instead, I’m blown away by the artwork and believe the world that’s created while reading along, but not fully enjoying the whole package. I feel like there also needs to be an emotional pull to the characters that I’m just not getting. The whole scene with Ben and Rachel is over so quick you don’t even get to feel bad for Neverboy even though something like that would be devastating. However, it’s clear that he’s in a bit of a depression that Vanessa is trying to get him out of. She offers for him to come along to work with her at The Ministry of Imagination.
At one point Vanessa even begs Neverboy to do something since someone is destroying imagination. According to her, soon kids won’t even be able to think up imaginary friends. We also have a really bizarre encounter with the Painter in the diner. I won’t say any more than that because it could spoil the ending for anyone who wants to read it, but honestly I didn’t feel like it was that powerful of an ending either.
Overall, I thought this was another average issue with gorgeous art. Had it not been Tyler Jenkins’ art throughout this comic, I’m not sure I would’ve made it this far honestly. I really want to genuinely be interested and care about this book, but it’s been hard to do that since the first issue.