Punk's Not Dead #3 Review: Crows Asking for Boys

Punk’s Not Dead #3 Review: Crows Asking for Boys

Posted by April 24, 2018 Comment

Punk's Not Dead #3
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Writer: David Barnett, Artist: Martin Simmonds, Flats by: Dee Cunniffe, Letters: Aditya Bidikar, Cover by: Martin Simmonds, Variant Covers by: Martin Simmonds; Annie Wu, Editorial Assistant: Chase Marotz, Editor: Shelly Bond, Punk's Not Dead by David Barnett and Martin Simmonds, Publisher: IDW Publishing, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Natalie confronts Fergie about their shared dream, and she’s not especially happy about it. Fergie and Sid continue to explore their abilities together. Culpepper and Asif continue to investigate the rise in supernatural happenings around London. People are dancing in the streets.

Punk's Not Dead #3 cover by Martin Simmonds
Punk’s Not Dead #3 cover by Martin Simmonds

Punk’s Not Dead #3 shows how hard this book is looking to lean into its supernatural elements. There is something more going on here than sparse and unrelated happenings and a dead punk rocker haunting a high schooler. Some weird and creepy stuff goes down this issue.

Culpepper is growing to be my favorite part of this book. While I was worried she would be the tacked-on antagonist at first, she is turning into a highly entertaining part of each issue, with her mixture of blunt profanity and focused approach to work.

I do find myself genuinely curious what the overall narrative of the book is going to be, as something is hunting Fergie now.

The Natalie dream plot is walking something of a fine line between harmless and funny and creepy. The idea of Fergie consciously forcing her to have sex dreams with him is bad, but this first instance is implied to be an accident. The fact that it’s played for laughs isn’t great, but it could be worse—hopefully it won’t get worse.

Punk's Not Dead #3 art by Martin Simmonds and Dee Cunniffe
Punk’s Not Dead #3 art by Martin Simmonds and Dee Cunniffe

Martin Simmonds’ artwork continues to be a gorgeous mixture of realistic detailing and textures and stylized character designs. This presents an ever-so-slightly bizarre world that looks like you could reach out and touch it. The color work is quite brilliant too, bringing a distinct atmosphere to the strange world of Punk’s Not Dead.

The third issue of Punk’s Not Dead begins to focus the narrative somewhat while foreshadowing to some mysterious and bad things on the horizon. The relationship between Fergie and Sid develops well, Culpepper comes close to stealing the book, and Simmonds and Dee Cuniffe do a good job of keeping the book uniquely gorgeous. This one gets another recommendation. Check it out.

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(Last Updated April 24, 2018 11:02 am )

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