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Review- Fear Case #3 (Dark Horse Comics)

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Fear Case #3
  • Writing - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Art - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 8.3/10
    8.3/10

Fear Case #3

Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Colorist: Hilary Jenkins
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: April 7, 2021

Secret Service Agents Winters and Mitchum have 24hrs left on the “fear case”. The strange phenomenon and happenings around the case have drove them to the brink.

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“Fear Itself” Fear Case #3

Agents Winters and Mitchum have 24hrs left to solve the unsolvable in Fear Case #3. They were so close to having the actual “Fear Case” in their hands in the previous issue. But it narrowly escaped their grasp. Now with only a day left on the case, they have struggled with for a year is it time just to give up? There is a reason Agents are only given a year to be on the case. It has taken a physical and psychological toll on both of them. Is it time just to pass it on to the next team?

Winter is not ready to give up, being so close and seeing what he has seen has filled his mind with fantastical possibilities and wild ideas of what the cause could be. Mitchum the older more sensible agent sees as the time is up and is ready to move on with his career. The case though has other plans for our agents in Fear Case #3.

Writing

Fear Case #3 (Dark Horse Comics) Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Tyler Jenkins Colorist: Hilary Jenkins Cover Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Fear Case #3 (Dark Horse Comics) Writer:
Matt Kindt
Artist:
Tyler Jenkins
Colorist:
Hilary Jenkins
Cover Artist:
Tyler Jenkins

I am very much enjoying this X-Files-type vibe Matt Kindt is delivering with this series. Kindt cranks up the drama between Mithcum and Winters in Fear Case #3. The two agents have had a nice odd couple vibe since the beginning. Mitchum the elder more level-headed agent and Winters our younger fantasy-loving more open-minded one. Kindt played them off each other well. They always had that playful back and forth bickering with each other. Nothing serious but a playful “picking on” one another as friends. In Fear Case #3 the case starts to get to them and Kindt brings some real animosity between the two for some excellent drama.

Kindt plays perfectly with the mystery of it all as well. He plays on the supernatural aspect and the “real world” aspect of what is going on with nice teases and takes. Keeping the reader guessing as to what is really going on. It is a good play and keeps me personally involved in the story.

Fear Case #3 did feel very short though. It felt like a little more could have happened and with only one more issue to go in the four-issue mini-series has me a little worried about how it is going to end? I do like the ending here though, excellent cliff-hanger for the next issue.

Art

Tyler Jenkins flowing, loose lines continue to showcase an excellent vibe in Fear Case #3. He has an elegance to his art that can capture an almost dream-like feel. He also captures the emotional impact of the story unfolding spectacularly well. You wouldn’t think with his loose lines he would get that much detail and character acting from his art, but he captures all the drama perfectly.

There is a sequence/page in Fear Case #3 that is a bit confusing from a storytelling perspective from me. It is toward the beginning but it is hard to make out exactly what happens and why. It also is just a bit confusing from how the story is going from the layout to just everything it was a confusing page.

Other than that the art in Fear Case #3 continues to be stellar. Hilary Jenkins continues to bring some wonderful darker tones and colors to the forefront, building a looming, dreadful feeling to the issue, that makes that final scene more impactful and eye-raising.

Conclusion

Fear Case continues to be a great mash-up of True Detective and The X-Files. Or at least that is how it feels to me. Though Fear Case #3 reads rather quickly I am excited to see how Matt Kindt wraps all this up in the fourth and final issue. The mystery of the “fear case” continues to grow and there are a reason agents only stay on it for one year. Mitchum and Winter’s time is up in 24hrs, but being so close to solving the case will they continue their journey, or has been so close doomed them both?


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