Severed #3 – Review
It's hard to completely speak my mind about a single issue of Severed. Scott Snyder and Tuft's new horror series is clearly showing that the value is much greater than the sum of its parts. Damn, these guys sure know how to tell a story. With Severed #3, Snyder and Tuft don't let up as they continue weaving their masterful tale of Hitchockian suspense and horror, and Futaki keeps the reader enveloped with his exquisite artwork in an issue that is sure to have people getting chills by the last page.
As our story continues unraveling, Jack and Sam decide to make some money off of Jack's fiddle-playing skills in order to pay for their tickets to go down South and meet Jack's father. Little do they know, the psychotic, identity-stealing, child-eating murderer has his eyes set on Jack and Sam. In this issue, the psycho, who goes by Alan Fisher for the time being, manages to act like he is interested in Jack's act and invites them over to his apartment (which, in case you didn't know, is a very bad thing).
Essentially, the whole comic takes place in Alan's apartment, and this is where all the fun occurs in the issue. Once in the apartment, you can immediately feel the tension and suspense build up in every frame. Sam has no trust for this man that they just met, but the ignorant Jack is eating everything Alan is dishing out. What made this scene so intense though, were the topics that were brought up throughout the conversation in the apartment. Every word of discussion written by Snyder and Tuft managed to get me more enveloped in the story, as well as worried for the children's lives. I found myself saying "Get the hell out of there. Now!" While I enjoyed the rest of the series up until this point, issue #3 really managed to pull the suspenseful strings, and its apartment sequence is one that you're not bound to forget anytime soon, especially the part with the bear trap. Yes, a bear trap. But I'll let you find out about that for yourselves.
As I mentioned earlier, Futaki's artwork is nothing short of spectacular. It is detailed enough to give us a good sense of what is going on through each character's mind, and it manages to tell a story on its own while complementing the intensity and suspense of the script. His artwork enhances the frightening experience from start to finish. The last page of this issue literally sent chills through my spine, all thanks to the haunting last image that Futaki has now officially engraved into my brain.
With another solid issue in the Severed series, it's clear that Snyder and Tuft mean business. The chilling cliffhanger at the end of #3 left me both terrified and wanting so much more. If you are patient enough to give Severed a chance, then I highly encourage you to do so. From this issue, it's clear that things are going to start getting a little crazy--even crazier than before--and I simply can't wait to see what happens next.