Attempting To Control Life And Death In Bone Parish #3

by Brendan M. Allen

The Winters knew making a drug from the ashes of the dead could have fatal consequences—but now that drug may be the only thing that can help them save their family from the Cartel. But will they survive this deadly gambit?

The first couple chapters of Bone Parish established the hierarchy in the Winters clan and brought us up to speed on the challenges of running a small family business in the face of much larger, more established, better equipped businesses. Establish your niche, identify your customer base, and don’t get high from your own supply.

Cullen Bunn is tightening the screws in Bone Parish #3. That sleazy mafia capo? Yeah. That dude. He tried strong-arming the Winters, and since that obviously didn’t yield the result he wanted, he’s working a slightly different angle in this chapter. Brigitte is having some issues figuring out why ash is violently killing clients, and those corrupt cops on the WInters’ dole are looking for a raise.

The artwork of Bone Parish is ludicrous. Jonas Scharf and Alex Guimaraes get to really open this thing up in this installment. This is a much darker chapter than the previous, and the art team handles transitions between dark, dismal reality and increasingly intense fantasy without missing a visual beat.

Bone Parish is a compelling occult noir with notes of horror, crime procedurals, and mafia tropes, and somehow this thing is only getting better with each episode.

Bone Parish #3, Boom! Studios, released 26 September 2018. Written by Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Jonas Scharf, color by Alex Guimaraes, letters by Ed Dukeshire, cover by Lee Garbett, unlocked retailer variant cover by Tyler Crook.

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