Titan Comics: SURFACE TENSION #3 Review

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Gail Williams grabs the fly swatter...

99% of humans are gone, the coral has cleaned up the mess we made, but what’s left of humanity appears to be trapped on a single island - Breith. Now Megumi is having nightmares about a tsunami coming to wipe out even that. Humans are going missing and monsters are stalking the island...

The monster has mutated, as it has absorbed humans. The cute little baby has a much less cute face as it separates from the monster and turns into a really odd fly type thing. Of course we have to ignore the fact that no insect could exist at that size, but hey this is a comic book so we’re already suspending disbelief.

The attack is interesting in a deadly scorpion kinda way, but the response is even more interesting. Ryan and Megumi are mutating, it’s not that pretty. Shauna is caught between Ryan and Shariq. Then Mary hypnotises Meg to see what she can find out in her memories, to try and discover what is really happening. The past unravels and we see the connection between Mary and Meg, but other connections are also seen, the coral and DNA, Meg and the figure in the iridescent robe.

And when the final attack comes, will Jean and Shariq survive?

There is some fantastic artwork in this issue, particularly the fractal panels. I also have to admit a very peculiar fondness for the monster as seen on page 28, maybe it’s the two pair of hands that I feel I could do with right now.

The writing continues to intrigue in Surface Tension, and with every question it answers it brings up another one, or two. Yet it also maintains a good level of readability. Yes there is obscurification, but not too much of it. I’m really rather impressed with this series. Surface Tension #3 scores a four out of five for me.

Gail lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!

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