Under The Care Of A Hermit: ‘Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated’ #4 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Ambrosia continues her search for Nussbaum, who is currently in the care of a strange hermit. Nussbaum tries to fight the hermit and escape, but Ambrosia and her team arrive before the Nussbaum can leave. Nearby, a man and a kid continue their own pursuit of Nussbaum. Meanwhile, the deviant Caucasus employees continue their attempt to profit off this catastrophe and Provo pushes development on his new initiative to give customers the “right to die.”

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #4 cover by Stefano Simeone
Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #4 cover by Stefano Simeone

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #4 finds Nussbaum at the complete mercy of those who live underneath his Caucasus store. He tries to fight back against this people, but each proves his equal in combat and tactics.
It’s an issue which is (relatively) lighter on allegory and more focused upon character development. We get a closer look at select individuals who are interested in capturing Nussbaum while those above ground continue their cruel and duplicitous schemes. Those below ground with Nussbaum are the closest thing to moral actors which we are given, but even some of them come off as a bit bloodthirsty.
It’s also a fairly action-heavy issue, as Nussbaum and everyone around him seem ready for a fight. It’s a life-or-death struggle beneath Caucasus and everyone is willing to kill to get their hands on Nussbaum.
Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #4 art by Stefano Simeone and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #4 art by Stefano Simeone and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Stefano Simeone once again brings all of this to life in a frenetic, flowing, and grabbing artistic fashion. Action scenes are impactful and cathartic, giving the reader some excitement and satisfaction at various points in the book. It is a little difficult to get a grasp on what is going on at some points, but those are very few. Simeone’s color work is lively and fitting for a futuristic sci-fi title.
Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #4 is another exciting and grabbing issue for this AfterShock title. We watch Nussbaum get passed around by the various underground factions while things shift for the worst above ground at Caucasus. It’s a good read which easily earns a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.
Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #4 comes to us from writer Patrick Kindlon, artist and cover artist Stefano Simeone, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.
Final Score: 8.5/10

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