Clankillers #4 Is Berserk, Bizarre, And Brilliant

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The Sinner Clan has been betrayed by Cillian and the Banshees. The clan is being slaughtered, but the Queen of Sinners begs to make a bargain with Cillian and the Banshees. The Banshees tell Cillian that the Queen of Sinners is telling the truth, and the crew move on Padraig–but they find the Bishop that raised Cillian first. Meanwhile, Finola’s sisters ready to bring down Padraig, and the king himself is punishing Finola for her schemes.

Clankillers #4 cover by Antonio Fuso and Stefano Simeone
Clankillers #4 cover by Antonio Fuso and Stefano Simeone

Clankillers #4 goes off the rails as it builds the conclusion in #5. Murder, cruelty, and betrayal are in abundance, and there are admittedly parts of it I didn’t quite understand myself.

Chief among the parts that confused me is Finola’s actions in Padraig’s castle. She attacks people who she seems to have no quarrels with, but Finola is mad and messing with gods–perhaps that explains it.

The story also progresses a lot faster than I expected. The Sinner Clan was the last clan Finola and Cillian needed to kill before going after Padraig and Balor.

All told, I continue to be enthralled by the anarchic cruelty and madness of Finola and Cillian. They are to scarred and brutalized children lashing out in childish rage against a cruel and unforgiving world. They want to burn it all down, and they just may be able to accomplish that.

I also dig the Dullahan. He doesn’t speak much, but he’s dedicated and a bit scary.

Clankillers #4 art by Antonio Fuso, Stefano Simeone, and letterer Dave Sharpe
Clankillers #4 art by Antonio Fuso, Stefano Simeone, and letterer Dave Sharpe

Antonio Fuso’s artwork continues to be just about perfect for Clankillers. It’s faded yet detailed enough so that the world almost seems realistically rendered at times. The faded and less focused parts give it the feeling of a mystical and dangerous world full of deadly wonders. The renderings of the various Irish mythical creatures and gods are creative and interesting. Stefano Simeone’s color work is similarly cold and pale, making it seem almost like a dying world.

Clankillers #4 is a strange and anarchic chapter in this AfterShock series, but it’s interesting and compelling nonetheless. It leaves me wanting to know how it all ends and eager for the fifth installment. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out.

Clankillers #4 comes to us from writer Sean Lewis, artist Antonio Fuso, color artist Stefano Simeone, letterer Dave Sharpe, and cover artist Antonio Fuso with Stefano Simeone.

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