Poser #3 from writer Matt Miner, illustrator Clay McCormack, colorist Doug Garbark, letterer Taylor Esposito, and published by Waxwork Comics follows the urban legend of the Poser killer as they take new lives nearly some thirty odd years later. In the previous issue of Poser, Ash and Evan are facing down some copycat Poser killers. However, as they escape and Ash deals with the emotional baggage these killings have left her with while the real Poser claims its next victims. This issue leaves us with more questions as to who is the killer and whether there is only one.
This issue continues dealing directly with the emotional fallout the killings have had on Ash and her close friend group. Ash is just now beginning to open up and face the state of her relationships with those around her including her, particularly her dad. This issue had a really lovely father-daughter moment that helps ground Ash to be more than just the tough punk chick she tries to be.
McCormack’s art in this book continues to be fantastic. Additionally, Garbark’s neon color palette and ability to create such seemly gradients amazes me. Throughout this series, my favorite moments have been moments within the punk clubs because of the color use as well as Esposito’s creative use of lettering of bands’ various lyrics. I enjoyed this issue because of its emotional depth.
Previously, Ash attended Matty’s funeral and saw a lot of old bandmates rekindling feelings she had for Evan. While Ash continues to have serious self-destructive tendencies, she is also seeing how those actions have hurt people around her. With the Poser killer on the loose murdering people she loves, Ash is finally coming to realize the fragility of those relationships.
Creating emotional bonds within horror can be difficult but Miner is able to craft a story based around Ash’s various relationships with ease. I do wish we had more clues regarding the identity of the Poser killer and the killer’s relationship with Ash. However, I am sure more answers are on the way.
Overall, I have enjoyed this series a lot and look forward to delving more into Ash’s flawed character as well as the killer. I wish I had more clues to where the series is going but nonetheless, I will continue to pick it up. As I have stated previously, if you enjoy horror comics, especially anything within the slasher genre, this book might just be for you.
Poser #3 releases today, Wednesday, November 7, 2018, in comic stores everywhere and online.
Overall, I have enjoyed this series a lot and look forward to delving more into Ash’s flawed character as well as the killer. I wish I had more clues to where the series is going but nonetheless, I will continue to pick it up.