From Vault Comics this week is the continuation of this series in the gold rush – this is THE RUSH #4.
1899: Nettie Bridger is reluctantly persuaded to leave Brokehoof and abandon all hope of finding the lost son she’s convinced is still alive. But in this accursed valley of perfectly circular boundaries, every road out coils its way back to the centre, where a great, ghastly beast lurks.Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Nathan Gooden
Colorist: Addison Duke
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Designer: Tim Daniel
Cover A: Nathan Gooden
Cover B: Martin Simmonds
Things really pick up here as a group of the valley inhabitants try to make their way out of the valley.
In between all of the snow and fighting (more on that later) there are some interesting comments on the nature of the valley. Some vague hints, that may or may not be the truth of what is going on here. Nevertheless, the effect it has on those here is very interesting.
Onto the violence here, and that is something. Every time there feels like a lull, it ramps it up again – especially in the final pages. We are close to getting answers, and possibly some closure for Nettie – but that is still in the future and there are some hurdles to get over here still.
The artwork continues to be incredible. Not only in the snow-capped pages, but there are some great pages of lights and the changes of the seasons. The fight scenes are bloody and visceral and are paced well.
This continues to be an excellent series that draws you deep along with the characters.