GENERATION GONE #4
Written by Ales Kot and André Lima Araújo
Art by André Lima Araújo, Chris O’Halloran, Clayton Cowles, and Tom Muller
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: October 18, 2017
If this issue were to be described in one word, it would be “emotion.” That’s the biggest draw to this title, and this issue specifically, from the cover because everything about the series so far explodes and Araújo owns every page of the ensuing chaos that ramps everything we know about Generation Gone to an eleven.
The fallout of Nick, Elena, and Baldwin’s new life continue to grow and reach new and interesting places as they all have to continue dealing with their superpowers and each other, and there’s a lot of personal drama in the mix.
In issue #3, Nick’s hatred of the government is shown on full display as he fought cops during a riot and their new found life has given the youth in revolt his own way of thinking deeming them “The New Race”. Baldwin and Elena are left to pick up the pieces of Nick abandoning them and it’s here emotions run high between the two friends thrust into an uncertain future.
Araújo hits all the right notes with the reactions and conversation between the two and O’Halloran’s colors are perfect on all sides. Moments of extreme emotion from Elena are thrown into isolating colors, giving her the stage to say how she feels with different letterboxes from Cowles to stress the severity and pain.
Kot laces the dialogue with hints that there is more to these characters histories than we’ve been shown. Araújo captures the more human moments of discussion as the collapse of a friendship happens right before our very eyes and little things expanding on the realizations that these are people with deeper, conflicting problems at their core all coming to the forefront.
Pushing the issue along with the secondary characters, Aiko and the General are also on a race towards our recently made super-powered beings and what’s to come changes the course of the entire series forever. Kot and Araújo set the stage for a confrontation that packs so many punches and twists that it feels like the fourth issue is a season finale to your favorite television show.
Kot’s handling of Elena and her development into the voice and balance between the two men is something that grounds the story into these three characters lives and how superpowers still don’t hold a candle to their humanity and issues, the powers have only added to them. The powers actually taking a back seat in this issue allows for the cast, specifically two scorned lovers both handling this new world they’re in to have it out… with the inclusion of a government helicopter interfering their talk of love and fancy.
Araújo’s line work gets a chance to demonstrate its action and destruction as panels become riddled with blood, bodies, and it’s illustrated in a sequence that doesn’t require sound because Araújo handles the impact and force of punches and crashes to the point where you understand everything you need to know from the panels alone.
The ending of Generation Gone #4 is such a gigantic spoiler that it deserves to be read by your eyes and not told. Suffice it to say, this creative team has something special on their hands because Kot has turned the series on its head with the last page, and we still have more story left!
Generation Gone is carving its own path as something both unique and familiar in the way it forges directions for three people changed by superpowers and the World around them. This issue is a highlight in the series thus far and while it’s light on developing characters and more concerned with the more enticing fallout of their actions and they will haunt the rest of the story for as long as Generation Gone exists.
Kot, Araújo, O’Halloran, Cowles, and Muller have their own take on young adults gaining superpowers and like life it’s unpredictable, unexpected, and emotional to the core. All in all, Generation Gone is a series you need to be reading.
The Verdict: 10/10