The Many Sides Of The Sea In Trout: The Hollowest Knock #4

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Poseidon’s children inform the sea god that his grandson is in the hands of his shadow. Poseidon decides at last that he must disrupt this crisis and save Trout. At that moment, Poseidon’s shadow is consuming Trout then Giuseppe. Thankfully, the family of Poseidon and Amatheia are on their way to save Trout and Giuseppe. The forces of the ocean have been watching this tragedy unfold, and they will allow it to go no further. There may be some hope for Trout and Giuseppe yet, and it lies with Amatheia, mother to Trout, lover to Giuseppe, and daughter of Poseidon.

Trout: The Hollowest Knock #4 cover by Troy Nixey and Dave Stewart
Trout: The Hollowest Knock #4 cover by Troy Nixey and Dave Stewart

Trout: The Hollowest Knock #4 concludes this miniseries continuation to the story of Trout that began with Trout: Bits and Bobs. This story, which was a series of catastrophes befalling Trout and Giuseppe, gets to round out the ending with a more positive and happy conclusion.

Giuseppe really comes to life as a protagonist in this issue. We already knew that he loved Trout and would do anything to save him, but this issue brings him just out of reach of his son. As such, we get to see Giuseppe fight harder and more tenaciously to save his son.

That said, it’s not really up to Giuseppe in this issue. He made it this far on his gumption and dedication, but the final legs of the journey must be made by forces far beyond his control. It is the spirit of the sea itself that intervenes to battle Poseidon’s shadow to save Trout.

Trout: The Hollowest Knock #4 art by Troy Nixey and Dave Stewart with letters from Troy Nixey
Trout: The Hollowest Knock #4 art by Troy Nixey and Dave Stewart with letters from Troy Nixey

Troy Nixey’s artwork once again blows me away with its bizarre yet endless creativity. This is a strange-looking comic through and through, and I enjoyed every moment of it. The characters are expressive in their strange design, and the means by which Poseidon is depicted is especially grabbing. Dave Stewart’s color art is similarly bizarre and fitting for this strange and wonderful story.

Trout: The Hollowest Knock #4 is an odd and wonderful finale to this tale of a father going through hell on earth to save his son. The factions of the sea come into collision around Trout and Giuseppe, and the fight itself may destroy them. In any case, this one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Trout: The Hollowest Knock #4 comes to us from writer, artist, and letterer Troy Nixey, color artist Dave Stewart, and cover artist Troy Nixey with Dave Stewart.

Final Score: 8/10

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