Review: Big Bastard #4

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Review by David Ferguson

Art by Neil O’Driscoll
Written / Lettering by Danny McColgan
Additional Colouring by Anna Harris

Note: This review has some slight plot points from previous issues.

One of the things that I like about Big Bastard is that it seems to come out a lot more regularly than other Irish books. I checked back on it and this is the fourth since the end of 2013 with the promise of a fifth issue coming soon enough (I have a date but dunno if it is ok to release that info). The other thing is that, when it does arrive, it is always an impressive looking book.

This issue starts by giving us more information about the person that Big Bastard is, seemingly, holding prisoner. It satisfies the reader’s need for more information but, conversely, only leads to more questions. The issue does a good job of building the team’s dynamic and giving more overall detail on what it is they are heading towards. There is a nice balance of action and story as there are more beasts to fight and we gain more information on what they are. (Big Bastard’s teammates play the part of the reader and demand to know more about what they are up against). I was questioning the need to include this particular incident and what it did to progress the story but, by the end, it works for me. The entire creative team is firing on all cylinders here. It looks very professional and with 32 pages of story, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.