Hammering The Anvil: Reaver #4 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Marris and Thes perform a profane ritual to learn the passcode and other info needed to get into the Anvil. Soon after, the team arrives at the Anvil, with Mahan taking in all but the Devil’s Son as prisoners. Mahan convinces the guards that he’s a genuine Escalene officer, and they make it inside the Anvil. Once inside, Rekala is taken to solitary confinement while Mahan takes Eddos, Thes, and Marris to the mystic worker that has provided the Escalene with such power. Meanwhile, the Devil’s Son dons his armor outside the Anvil and charges headlong into the Escalene forces.

Reaver #4 cover by Becky Cloonan
Reaver #4 cover by Becky Cloonan

Reaver #4 finds our protagonists at last making to their objective. They have a plan to enact here, even if it’s risky and likely to fail. It all hinges on Mahan, Marris, Eddos, and Thes being able to make it to the Escalene “Worker,” the term this comic uses for those who can hone magic.

It’s a tense issue, and you know not everyone is going to make it out of this one alive. As the story goes on, you also begin to wonder if not everyone should make it out alive.

One of the main ideas the comic hits upon is how both the Empire and the Escalene employ monstrous methods to achieve their goals. Mahan is a true believer in the Empire’s cause, but witnessing Marris’ own grotesque magics have him second-guessing his allegiance.

Rekala and the Devil’s Son bond in this issue too, and we learn some of the Devil’s Son’s past and what may have led him to slaughter Empire forces.

Reaver #4 art by Rebekah Isaacs, Alex Guimarães, and letterer Clayton Cowles
Reaver #4 art by Rebekah Isaacs, Alex Guimarães, and letterer Clayton Cowles

Rebekah Isaacs’ artwork remains fantastic, giving excellent shape and form to the world of Reaver. The characters’ continue to be very expressive, the action scenes energetic, and the gore abundant and vibrant. Alex Guimarães brings a popping color palette to the book that injects a lot of life into the pages.

Reaver #4 is another engaging and exciting issue for this Image Comics series. Our heroes are nearing their goal, and Justin Jordan’s script and Rebekah Isaacs’ art ensures you won’t be able to take your eye off the page. This one definitely gets another recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

Reaver #4 comes to us from writer Justin Jordan, artist Rebekah Isaacs, color artist Alex Guimarães, letterer Clayton Cowles, and cover artist Becky Cloonan.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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