Review: Time Is Running Out For Hototo In ‘We Live’ #3

by Brendan M. Allen

‘Luck has abandoned the group. Humbo and Alice have lost track of their newfound friends, Tala and Hototo. The siblings are being held prisoner and will soon discover that the world hides dark corners, where screams of help are no more than fallen spirits.

Meanwhile, time runs out for Hototo; the shuttle train to Megalopolis Mother 9 is about to depart..’

We Live #3 kicks the timeline back to when the flora and fauna were just starting to take the planet back. Scientists are attempting to sort out exactly what’s happening and what exactly can be done about it. Flash forward to storyline present, and we see Hototo and Alice captive in the selfsame facility. Wait. What? When did that happen?

Taking this chapter alone, without having read the previous two, I would have thought this is a great installment. Inaki and Roy Miranda put together a great little flashback sequence that gave us some background on the current situation of the planet without pounding it too hard. There’s an awesome escape, and the introduction of a new dangerous faction.

I just can’t make the end of chapter two connect to the beginning of chapter three. It honestly feels like there’s an issue missing. It’s so jolting that I went back and re-read the previous issues to find the bridge. I‘m just not seeing it. 

The art is still pretty fantastic. There’s a deceptive simplicity to Inaki Miranda’s linework that provides a shocking amount of detail without getting cluttered. Eva De La Cruz’s bright, vivid palette makes it all the more shocking when the figurative (and literal) teeth come out. 

Despite the seemingly missing pages, this is still a pretty strong outing. It’s not a big enough misstep for me to give up on the series, but I sincerely hope it’s smoother sailing with better transitions moving forward. There’s so much going on here, you can’t just leave it to the reader to fill in the gaps.

We Live #3, AfterShock Comics, 16 December 2020. Written by Inaki and Roy Miranda, art by Inaki Miranda, color by Eva De La Cruz, letters by Dave Sharpe.

Summary

Luck has abandoned the group. Humbo and Alice have lost track of their newfound friends, Tala and Hototo. The siblings are being held prisoner and will soon discover that the world hides dark corners, where screams of help are no more than fallen spirits.

Overall
7/10
7/10

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.

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