Ogre #3 Will Change How You Look At A Monster

by James Ferguson

As war rages on between the North and the South, the ogre is once again in chains. It’s here that he meets others like himself and finds the strength to fight back after he’s been beat down so far. The ogres are not on one side or the other. They just want their freedom from this oppressive rule and that drives them forward through the bloodshed.
While we don’t have the ogre’s full life story, we’ve seen enough during this three-issue mini-series to understand what he’s gone through. He’s been treated like a monster and, while he might look the part, there’s a lot more to his life than his gruff image.

This is only half of the story too. The ogre is strapped to a dead man and the ghost follows him around. We learn bits and pieces about this man’s life and what led to his death with the truth finally revealed here. This provides some valuable perspective for the ogre as he hears about this man’s final acts and how they were viewed by the invading armies. Writer Bob Salley delivers a somber address here that comes at a moment of quiet reflection.
Artist Shawn Daley paints a beautiful canvas for Ogre. I was already a fan of his work from Samurai Grandpa and this book takes his work to a new level. He captures these beautiful emotional moments like the one I just mentioned and then creates epic action sequences. The panel layouts are varied and always interesting. This is farthest thing from boring.
A large chunk of the final pages is presented without dialogue, allowing Daley’s artwork to stand on its own to tell the story and it does that so very well. There are some iconic imagery at work, whether it’s in the heat of battle or the eerie moments of quiet immediately after.
Ogre is a story of redemption through the lens of fantasy. The ogre is usually seen as a brutish thug without any real depth and this mini-series paints the creature in a different light. Coupling it with the ghost of a man who was just trying to do the right thing makes for an interesting combination that delivered just as many humorous elements as somber ones.

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