Brilliant Trash #4 Review: A Comic with Actually Too Much Action

Posted by February 26, 2018 Comment

Brilliant Trash #4
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Writer: Tim Seeley, Artist: Priscilla Petraites, Story by: Tim and Steve Seeley, Color Artist: Marco Lesko, Letters: Marshall Dillon, Cover by: Mike Norton and Addison Duke, Logo Designer: John J. Hill, Production: Charles Pritchett, Editor: Mike Marts, Publisher: AfterShock, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Kennedy has another lengthy vision as Dr. Zhen before she and Jim arrive at Lifespan’s HQ. The pair aren’t there long before more Bio-Hackers attack with the intent of kidnapping Kennedy. She, Jim, and Lifespan CEO Jay Cromwell are running through the campus to escape the superpowered agents.

Brilliant Trash #4 cover by Mike Norton and Addison Duke
Brilliant Trash #4 cover by Mike Norton and Addison Duke

Man, Kennedy barely gets a moment’s rest these days, doesn’t she?

Brilliant Trash has become quite adept at providing a decent dive further into its world before throwing another cadre of corporate mercenaries intent on stealing Kennedy away. This issue is a little weightier given that we are at Lifespan’s headquarters, where Jim has been trying to get Kennedy for a couple of issues now.

The action does seem a little self-conscious. It makes sense in the final act, when Jim must start making some choices. However, the initial attack by the mercenaries doesn’t really serve much. Brilliant Trash could do with slowing down and trusting its audience to not need bloodshed every two pages.

That’s not to say the plot development is anemic in this issue. Like I said, it advances the book a fair bit. It just feels like we could have gotten more if three superhumans didn’t bust down Lifespan’s door.

There is a plot turn towards the end that could seem sudden on a first glance. However, to Brilliant Trash’s credit, it explains it but leaves in ambiguity to leave you guessing about how true some of the characters’ intentions are.

Brilliant Trash #4 art by Priscilla Petraites and Marco Lesko
Brilliant Trash #4 art by Priscilla Petraites and Marco Lesko

Priscilla Petraites art and Marco Lesko’s color art provide another good-looking issue of Brilliant Trash. The flashback scene is oddly fogged out more than usual, and it’s not great to look at. Things are unnecessarily obfuscated in that sequence. However, the rest of the comic looks good, and the new Bio-Hackers we see have great designs.

Brilliant Trash #4 advances the story in a compelling manner, even if it does throw in more action than necessary. The world gets deeper and more complex, and Petraites and Lesko provide some good artwork. This one is recommended. Give it a read.

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(Last Updated February 26, 2018 9:30 am )

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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