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Sweets #4

Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011
By: Michael Roberts

Kody Chamberlain
Kody Chamberlain
Image Comics
Sweets is back after a bit of a scheduling delay with the next chapter in a New Orleans crime story. With a major hurricane looming off the coast line, Detective Curt Delatte is running out of time to solve a string of murders before the city is shut down.

It will be difficult to discuss what happened in issue #4 without spoiling everything for the readers, so let me put it this way: I had an emotional arc that went something like, “Oh, I see! That’s how they’re going to tie all of this together.” And then on the next page, my next thought was, “Oh, artist / writer Chamberlain is going to do that instead. Well, that’s even better!”

I can’t say enough how much I appreciate it when creators create a twist in a story and take it in a direction you didn’t expect. Having a thoughtfully planned out double-twist was very rewarding. One criticism that I had heard from people was that Sweets was more about its style than it was the storyline and issue #4 proves those naysayers wrong.

Now that the story is in issue four of five, we’re really seeing all of the elements of the arc coming together. Chamberlain used a variety of styles and color palettes throughout the series in order to convey different storylines. One of the storylines was drawn in brighter colors and a cartoony art-style. In this issue, the reader sees that this entire storyline is an important piece of history for one of the characters.

My one criticism for this issue was the death of an important character at the beginning of the issue. I don’t know if it is simply because it has been a while since issue #3 came out or that the other characters’ reactions were not strong enough, but I did not feel that the death had much impact. The main characters are in a hospital and the doctor simply comes out to let them know that this individual passed away. They discuss the death and speak of notifying next of kin, but there were no tearful goodbyes or anything of the sort. This could be a set-up for another twist in issue #5. We’ll just have to see.

I’m thrilled to have the next issue in the series and I am sad that it is only a mini-series. I can’t wait to have this trade paperback on my bookshelf.



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