Arriving at high speed with the first issue’s brilliant synthwave aesthetic, Chariot immediately and effortlessly grabbed the attention of comic book fans. It recently captured the attention of Hollywood too, with director Joseph Kosinski on board to direct the feature film adaptation of the comic.
Bryan Edward Hill and Priscilla Petraites really have crafted one of the finest comics of the year so far – it’s just a shame that the 80s-style sci-fi action comes to an end with this issue.
Jim and Gillian (who inhabits the eponymous supercar as its consciousness) prepare for the final showdown with Delia – with Jim’s son’s life in the balance.
You can clearly see what attracted Kosinski to the film adaptation, with the slick vehicles, cyberspace sprawls and human/machine interfaces all aligning with the style and themes featured in his directorial debut, the criminally underrated, visually stunning Tron Legacy. There’s a quieter, more contemplative feel to much of the issue, however – but it doesn’t skimp on the action when it arrives.
As usual, the art by Priscilla Petraites gives us an incredibly stylish, brilliantly depicted synthwave fever dream; though evocative of B-Movie, VHS, 80s sci-fi, it takes advantage of the limitless budget afforded by the comics format and really amps up the spectacle. Bryan Edward Hill, with his excellent script, knows when to graciously step aside and let the fantastic action speak for itself. The superb cover by Jeff Dekal – who really is an unsung hero here – is another stunning, irresistable invitation for the reader to make their way into the neon-and-chrome world of Chariot.
Though this may be the end – for now at least – I honestly can’t recommend Chariot enough; it’s been one hell of a sexy, thrilling, action-packed ride.
My reviews of the rest of the series can be found here. Many thanks to AWA Studios for providing me with a review copy of Chariot #5.
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