Advance Review: Going To The Chapel #1 Stages The Most Exciting Wedding Ever

by James Ferguson

This should be the happiest day of Emily Anderson’s life, so why is she having so many doubts? She’s about to marry the man of her dreams. In a strange twist of fate, her wedding is the target of a group of Elvis-themed crooks looking to make bank off of the fancy jewelry on display. Could this be the reprieve Emily was hoping for? Or is something more going on?

Going to the Chapel wastes no time establishing the characters or the overall premise. Writer David Pepose drops us right into this world, instantly giving us an idea as to the personalities at play and how this wedding heist might go down…before pulling the rug out from under us. There’s an awesome twist in this issue that you will not see coming.

Much of the personality of each character comes from artist Gavin Guidry. You get a sense as to who each person is based on their facial expressions. For example, you can practically feel the knot in Emily’s stomach in the opening pages from the worried and almost pained look on her face. This is more than just wedding day jitters.

Letterer Ariana Maher signifies some of this doubt with a smaller font as Emily whispers to herself in the privacy of her bathroom. Her family is just outside, putting the finishing touches together and she’s in here freaking out. It’s this quiet, yet crazed moment for her.

Going to the Chapel #1 bounces around a little in time, not unlike a classic Quentin Tarantino movie. It’s never hard to follow as the jumps are pretty clear and concise. This will lend itself to repeated readings as you’ll notice some additional details the next time through that will shed light on future events.

The flow of this book is very Tarantino-esque too. It moves at a pretty fast clip, getting to the meat of the story right away. There’s a MacGuffin to get the heist going, but that’s just one piece of the puzzle. What’s most intriguing is how everything comes together in this perfect jaw-dropping moment that changes everything.

The setting for Going to the Chapel is perfect for this story as the harsh desert sun is beating down on the church. Colorist Liz Kramer creates a vibrant palette with the bright light coming in through the chapel’s windows. I can’t wait to see how this looks as the sun begins to set.

Going to the Chapel is tailor made for fans of heist movies like Baby Driver. It’s fast-paced, exciting, and it’s just getting started. There are all these moving parts that are about to collide in a big way. It’s less a chess board and more like 52 card pick up. Just imagine what the photo booth pictures from this wedding will be like.

Going to the Chapel #1 from Action Lab: Danger Zone is set for release on September 4th, 2019. The final order cutoff date for comic shops is August 12th, 2019.

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