REVIEW: ‘Villainous,’ Issue #3

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Villainous #3 is published by Mad Cave Studios and written by Stonie Williams. Jeferson Sadzinski returns as the issue’s artist, with Joana Lafuente as the colorist. Justin Birch returns as the issue’s letterer. In the last issue, Tilly is apprehended and recruited into the Shadow Order after the Coalition of Heroes head honcho, Pillar, frames Rep-Tilly for murder. Tilly learns that the Coalition she looked up to and the heroes she admired aren’t who they say they are. The Coalition of Heroes is the true evildoers. Tilly lets the team know that she overheard the hero she was paired with, Showdown, that he would kill someone. The Shadow Order sprung into action to thwart the assassination of a British Ambassador coming into town.

In Villainous #3, the story continues with the Shadow Order trying to save the British Ambassador with Lawless perched on a nearby roof in a sniper’s next, unbeknownst to the Order. Williams has been doing a phenomenal job crafting these characters and building the Villainous world, and in issue three, he lets the art team—Sadzinski and LaFuente—let loose. On the second page of the comic, Shadow Order means business, and we see why they’re formidable and a thorn in the Coalition’s side. Aside from Tilly, December Witch is my favorite character because of her design. She wields the power to freeze her enemies, use ice as she pleases, and dual-wield two pistols. It looks like she even uses ice for bullets as she makes short work of the Ambassador’s security detail.

Since issue #1 and #2, I have been curious to see what Tilly can do. Williams, Lafuente, and Sadzinski don’t disappoint. Tilly is jumping through moving cars, bouncing off walls, and she goes toe-to-toe with some of the top-name heroes of the Coalition. When the so-called Heroes arrive at the scene, Tilly wants all the smoke and goes right after Showdown; he’s pretty much the team’s resident Superman. For being a sidekick, Tilly had some great synergy with the Shadow Order, working in tandem and following orders. Tilly is a true beast in battle, and Sadzinski portrays this with Tilly leaping at her enemy with fangs bared and claws drawn. She looked terrifying, with equal parts cool.

Williams takes over the end of the issue to further the story and, of course, leaves us with his trademark cliffhanger. While Villainous #3 may have been Sadzinski and LaFuente’s show to showcase their talent, I love that Williams was able to breathe life into other characters’ personalities during our first epic showdown between the Shadow Order and the Coalition of Heroes. And while I enjoy heroes and villains punching each other in the face all day, there is a bigger plan at hand, and the Shadow Order will do whatever it takes to put Pillar and her goons down.

Villainous #3 is available on December 23, 2020 wherever comic books are sold.

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TL;DR

While Villainous #3 may have been Sadzinski and LaFuente’s show to showcase their talent, I love that Williams was able to breathe life into other characters’ personalities during our first epic showdown between the Shadow Order and the Coalition of Heroes. And while I enjoy heroes and villains punching each other in the face all day, there is a bigger plan at hand, and the Shadow Order will do whatever it takes to put Pillar and her goons down.