The story of three made men with some dark secrets that are literally coming back to haunt them, Old Haunts continues building tension in its third issue, with a flashback to the childhood of our protagonists and some much more personal insights into the events that have led to the present day.
There’s a single panel here that blew me away and has really struggling CJ with me since reading: a phantom lingering almost imperceptibly behind one of the main characters after a family accident – I won’t spoil more of the situation here – which speaks volumes of the level of detail present in the art, not to mention how powerful the imagery is. The luminous urban night of the present day gives way to more starkly minimal colour schemes in the flashback scenes, but throughout the artwork is consistently impressive, as it has been since the beginning of the debut issue.
The strong cinematic feel of Laurence Campbell’s art – the movies of Michael Mann continuing to provide a fertile source of influence from a stylistic point of view – is complemented by the light touch of the script, by Rob Williams and Ollie Masters, with as much left unsaid as spoken by the characters.
Though there are short, sharp shocks of bloody violence, it’s a little more understated here than in the last issue – at least until a final sequence that sets us up nicely as we head towards the penultimate chapter. Though this is the case, the smaller scale events that occur have a great deal of impact, particularly – and understandably – on the younger characters featured.
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