Gears of War: Hivebusters #4 is published by IDW Comics, written by Kurtis Wiebe, art by Agustin Padilla and Wagner Weis, coloring by Komikaki Studio’s Sean Lee, and lettering by Shawn Lee. This issue continues the story following Mac, Keegan, and Lahni as they continue their mission to wipe out the Swarm Hives.
This issue was a pretty intense read. It starts off by focusing on Mac reading a bedtime story to his son, then it shifts drastically. It shows just how “human” Mac really is, aside from being a rather proper badass. There are other flashbacks throughout the issue that give more backstory to why Mac is fighting the Swarm. The dialogue works very well in Gears of War: Hivebusters #4. It shows a group of “friends” working together to make sure that their mission is done. The way they talk to each other, you can sense a vibe of trust and respect they share amongst the group. This helps keep the reader feeling engaged in both the action aspects and the lulls.
Being that Mac, Keegan, and Lahni are playable characters in the Gears of War 5 Hive mode, this series opens that game up to near countless crossover potential. From having them all relive events of their past to epic boss battles that could take some time to master. The plot was pretty easy to follow even with me having only read the first issue. The pacing feels stronger in Gears of War: Hivebusters #4 than the last issue I read, which is a great thing. I was able to follow along with the story without having to do much research as to what has been going on because this issue feels like it could stand alone or even be read out of order.
The main theme that was addressed in Gears of War: Hivebusters #4 is that of loss and revenge. As you read this issue and see why Mac fights, it becomes highly apparent as to why he wants to eradicate the Swarm. After completing this issue I can say, this was handled quite well.
The art in this issue was handled by two artists, Agustin Padilla and Wagner Reis. Personally I wouldn’t be able to tell who did what because the art seems to remain properly consistent between the two. Coloring is still handled by Sean Lee and remains vibrant and impactful as ever. The colors really come through in the action sequences as the contrasting colors help liven up the grim scenes. The lettering which is handled by Lee is still top-notch as well. This issue was easy to follow, pages felt like they flowed and breathed well. Due to the pacing of the story, the sound effects were pretty spot on when called for.
Overall, I can say that Gears of War: Hivebusters #4 was a rather enjoyable read. I do hope they continue with the high octane action and as well as keeping the characters personable and relatable as they have been. With that said, I would highly recommend this issue to fans of the Gears franchise, those who are looking for a solid action title to read, or like dystopian worlds. The issue keeps it with that Gears of War vibe where there are moments of intense action and moments that make you feel and think.
Gears of War: Hivebusters #4 is available wherever comics are sold.
Gears of War: Hivebusters #4
Overall, I can say that Gears of War: Hivebusters #4 was a rather enjoyable read.