Warren And Rachel Return In Life Is Strange #3

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The HighSeas are practicing in the garage, and they voice their concerns for Max and Chloe. Meanwhile, Max and Chloe are sleeping off another vision in Chloe’s old house. They decide now is as good a time as any to visit Blackwell. What they find there makes it all a little more real; there is a memorial dedicated to all the students and staff lost during the storm. Warren arrives, but he died during the storm. He’s there for a while and doesn’t seem like a ghost to Max. He leaves again, leaving Max with Chloe, and both girls jump into a different scene with Rachel Amber. Somehow, she recognizes Max.

Life is Strange #3 cover by Claudia Leonardi
Life is Strange #3 cover by Claudia Leonardi

Life is Strange #3 delves further still into the drama and chaos in the aftermath of the storm that tore through Arcadia Bay. Max and Chloe are seeking closure, but Max’s powers are complicating things. They’re forcing more confusing scenes and painful memories upon the two women.

This issue hits especially hard due to the presence of Warren and Rachel. Things complicate even more due to different Chloe’s talking to Max. It makes things harder for Max, and it makes the story itself a little more confusing.

Despite all the complication, this is a damn good issue. It’s the strongest of the series so far, and it sets up the story for what will almost certainly be a cathartic finale where the future of Max and Chloe is decided.

Life is Strange #3 art by Claudia Leonardi, Andrea Izzo, and letterers Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Jimmy Betancourt
Life is Strange #3 art by Claudia Leonardi, Andrea Izzo, and letterers Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt

Claudia Leonardi’s artwork continues to render this all with grace and impact. Emotion and expression is the focus of many scenes, which is needed for a story like this. Andrea Izzo gives an excellent color treatment that balances the complex tones of the story to build a distinct visual atmosphere.

Life is Strange #3 is an especially impactful and emotional issue for those who have followed the exploits of Max Caulfield and Chloe Price. Despite their choices, reality may still rip them apart, or it may just disintegrate in itself. This is an especially powerful issue, and it’s worth a recommendation. Give it a read.

Life is Strange #3 comes to us from writer Emma Vieceli, artist and cover artist Claudia Leonardi, color artist Andrea Izzo, and letterers Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt.

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