Review: Veil #4

Veil has quickly become one of my favorite reads each month, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed out that next month marks the release of the final issue.  That said, this penultimate entry into the series really kicks things up a notch in intrigue and action which will leave you hanging on for dear life until next month when we get the resolution. Dante makes his return in this issue, still handcuffed and searching refuge at one of his friends’ houses in order to lay low.  His one friend Gabriel lets Dante stay at his place for the time being.  Meanwhile, we see the carnage that occurred at the end of last issue thanks to the control that Cormac has over Veil.  It’s pretty clear as of now Cormac pretty much has won the battle for Veil.  Cormac and Scarborough have been wanting to more or less keep Veil as their own, while Dante just wants to help her find out who she is and what she’s doing.  Cormac is able to make Veil submit to his commands and makes her realize there’s no way she’s going to escape his control.  He also sends her after Scarborough in order to kill him so there would be no more competition.

As we saw last issue, a rat bit Veil’s hand and caused her to become under control by Cormac. Gabriel encounters a similar occurrence-a rat uses him as a vessel to communicate to Gabriel and convinces Dante to go after Cormac and free Veil so we can uncover the mystery of who she is.

Veil #4There’s not a ton going on this issue, but I still feel like it was a perfect setup for the final issue.  It was also a breeze to read which is always great when reading comics.  The action between Cormac and Veil was really intriguing and Fezjula’s art really conveys Veil’s struggle.  This part really stood out to me because obviously we’re rooting for Veil in this case, but the fact that no matter what she does isn’t working makes the reader just as frustrated as we see in her facial expressions.

We also see the desperation and pathetic lust that Scarborough has for her, as even when she’s prepared to kill him he is pouring out his feelings for her.  At this point Veil is still a demon and outside Scarborough’s apartment, her face close to the glass.  Scarborough presses his face against the glass and tries to kiss her.  It really stuck with me as a weird, bizarre moment that shows the kind of people that are trying to obtain her for a material purpose.

The art has become among my favorite in any comic I’ve been following, and the fact that Fezjula handles the coloring is also very impressive, as his palette makes for a unique experience.  I felt the pacing and dialogue was a step up from last issue as well, and I can’t wait for the final issue.  I have no doubts that Veil will be a serious contender if not clear-cut winner for my favorite miniseries of 2014.

Score: 5/5

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Toni Fejzula Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $3.50 Release Date: 7/30/14 Format: Miniseries, Print/Digital