Drugs, Time Travel, And Invisibility In Life Is Strange #8

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Max just watched Tristan get shot and heard that Callie passed out at the party. If there is a time for Max to use her powers, it would be now. She does so, calling the paramedics ahead of time to help Callie and keeping Tristan from being cornered by the drug dealers. Unfortunately, this means Max is caught by the dealers instead. Tristan sees this happen and knows he’s the only hope that Max has. He recruits the help of Rachel and Chloe and goes to save Max.

Life is Strange #8 cover by Claudia Leonardi
Life is Strange #8 cover by Claudia Leonardi

Life is Strange #8 closes out the second volume of Titans’ take on the Dontnod game. There is death, drug dealers, and superpowers. In other words, it’s par for the course in the world of Max Caulfield and Chloe Price.

It’s still an exciting read, and all these events force Max to rethink how she’s behaved around Chloe and Rachel.

With all of this action and excitement, there isn’t as much pensive self-reflection and winding discussion in this issue. That isn’t an inherently good or bad thing, but it does mean that the comic moves a lot more quickly. On the flip side, the character development is a lot less abundant than previous issues.

Life is Strange #8 art by Claudia Leonardi and Andrea Izzo with letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Jimmy Betancourt
Life is Strange #8 art by Claudia Leonardi and Andrea Izzo with letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt

Claudia Leonardi once again knocks it out of the park on the visuals for this issue. The fashion is distinct and gorgeous, the characters are expressive while staying true to their original designs, and the action flows well. Andrea Izzo keeps the visuals lively with bright and contrasting colors and does a good job of keeping the reader’s eye trained on the book.

Life is Strange #8 is fast-moving and compelling finish for this chapter of the series. Max is put in a dangerous situation that forces her to rethink how she’s treated her two best friends while Tristan must decide what kind of person he is. It’s a solid comic and worth a recommendation. Feel free to pick it up.

Life is Strange #8 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.

Final Score: 7/10

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