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Review – Head Lopper #12 (Image Comics)

Head Lopper #12
Overall
8.4/10
8.4/10
  • Writing - 7.8/10
    7.8/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
  • Overall - 8.4/10
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Summary

Writer: Andrew MacLean
Artist: Andrew MacLean
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Erin Maclean
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: June 26, 2019

Norgal has made many friends and enemies inside the gates of Venoriah, but with Goblins attacking, flying snakes and evil wizards abound; it is time for him to do some head lopping!

 

Winged Serpents! Head Lopper #12

The 3rd volume of Norgal and Agatha’s saga comes to a close in Head Lopper #12. Well, properly titled Head Lopper & the Knights of Venora #12 Volume 3: 4 of 4. Norgal has been separated from the witch’s head, Agatha, for some time. He has escaped captivity and helped the Knights of Venora. The city has been under siege by Goblins for some time. Now the city of Venoriah is overrun by Goblins. They are coming from all corners; a glob monster hatched from the egg slowly starts to build in power. Wizards with winged serpents seek to capture Norgal and Agatha. If that was not enough, the evil Archcleric looks to take and rule the kingdom of Venoriah. Wow, Norgal the Head Lopper has his hands full!

Writing

Head Lopper #12 (Image Comics) cover A by Andrew MacLean
Head Lopper #12 (Image Comics) cover A by Andrew MacLean

Head Lopper #12 is another fun entry into the Head Lopper series. Andrew MacLean, no matter what, knows how to write a fun adventure story. There have been a ton of things going on in this third volume of Head Lopper. It has made for some great new characters like the Knights of Venora and Brishka. It has also developed the back story of Norgal and Agatha tremendously well. I love that we keep finding these new lands and characters throughout each volume, though with everything going on, it felt a little jumbled.

Being a quarterly release allows for a lot of stories to be told; it is also hard to keep up with what is going on after three months. This third volume had a lot more subplots going on, and I did find myself trying to remember what was happening, even with the recap at the start. Compared to the other two volumes, I feel this had a lot more characters and subplots going on.

I do feel that Head Lopper #12 is a great cap to this third volume. Andrew MacLean has added some interesting new twists to the story of Agatha and Norgal. It is also a satisfying ending to this storyline; he gives nice closure to some ongoing story points while building up other interesting things for volume 4.

Art

I have reviewed a lot of Head Lopper and Andrew MacLean’s art still has me smiling from ear to ear every time I see it. His style is a ton of animated fun for the eyes! His characters and creature designs continue to just be fantastic and I love to see what he is going to come up with next. Those winged giant serpents look phenomenal and I really love the design of Norgal in the “first sword” armor. It is a great alternative look for the character.

I really liked that this felt like the ending big battle in movies like Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. We have this huge cast of characters fighting all sorts of baddies. The way MacLean laid out the pages made it feel like a big movie-ending battle, how we jumped from scene to scene and had some fantastic stand-up-and-cheer moments.

Jordie Bellaire, again, astounds in the color department. She has been using a lot of bright green in this third volume and it looks great. It has that fantastic supernatural look and feel to it that fits well with the story points. Bellaire paints the series with a bright/flatness to it, in that the colors feel flat but they also pop off the page as well. It is a great look for the series.

Conclusion

Head Lopper #12 is a very satisfying ending to the third volume of the great quarterly adventure comic. While I do feel like the story may have had a bit too much going on at times, it did not deter my overall enjoyment of the series. We get some interesting new insights to our favorite Head Lopping hero and really, this issue feels like the ending to a big movie. We get the huge sprawling battle against a vast variety of foes and a nice setup for the continuing adventures of Norgal and Agatha. I do also continue to really enjoy the quarterly format, even though this volume maybe had a bit too much going on for it. It is nice to get a big bulky story.

 


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