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The Bridgewater Triangle #3
Writer: Billy Hanson and Joe Brusha
Penciler: Deivis Goetten
Colorist: Maxflan Araujo
Letterer: Fabio Amelia
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: December 18th, 2019
As the leader of the expedition ventures into the swamps, answers are revealed but even more questions are asked. Is there time to still save the intrepid investigators?
All the Time in the World in The Bridgewater Triangle #3
The Bridgewater Triangle might strike the casual reader as an odd place to set a paranormal story. In terms of the paranormal, it is not even the most famous triangle (thanks to Bermuda). On the other hand, paranormal stories do gain traction when they are based on real life. It is not to say that all horror stories need this basis. However, stories such as The Conjuring or The Amityville Horror benefit from the fact that they might be real. This three-part miniseries, which culminates here in The Bridgewater Triangle #3, uses the Bridgewater Triangle as its setting, and it does at least gain some novelty, in that this is relatively unexplored in terms of fictional representations.
The challenge, though, is to create a compelling story. The first issues set this up as one-off hack-and-slash stories, and this third issue would determine the overall outcome of this series, whether it was akin to a 1960s horror title or whether it could accomplish something more.
The Bridgewater Triangle #3 starts off similar to the previous issues in this series, and then seems to devolve somewhat. There are, after all, a few tried-and-true cliches in the horror genre, and this one seems to be embracing them in full. Then something happens to the plot and this becomes less of what has been seen before and something a little more ambitious. It is unfortunate that the writers, Billy Hanson and Joe Brusha, took so long to get the series going in a different direction from what one might have expected. Nonetheless, they did manage to eventually steer this to a satisfying conclusion. The conclusion also implies, potentially, that this will not be the end of what we see from this corner of the Grimm Fairy Tales setting or from these characters.
The art here is functional. Deivis Goetten (pencils) and Maxflan Araujo (colors) make up the art team. Once again, they produced a spooky enough setting. The art is maybe not the most refined at times, but it works well enough here in this setting. The art at least succeeds by mostly helping the story and adding to its overall spookiness. Horror art, more often than not, only detracts from the overall effect, so this creative team deserves credit at least for that.
One might excuse readers for not making it to The Bridgewater Triangle #3. The first couple of issues played out more like stories from any horror anthologies popular in comics in the 1960s and 1970s. This third issue, though, gives a better context for the overall presentation of the series. It also shows that the Zenescope creative teams can still manage to produce some solid stories.
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