Review: A Voice In The Dark #7
“KILLING GAME,” Part Five It’s all been building to this. Zoey’s on the verge of killing again—her second and third victims—but even the perfect crime can go awry.
The Killing Game comes to an end this month in the pages of A Voice In The Dark #7. Larime Taylor writes, letters, and draws (by mouth) the issue with Duncan Eagleson serving as story editor. Sylv Taylors provides the cover for the arc’s final installment. The entire series has been leading up to this moment. Can Zoey pull off the murder she has been planning? Can Taylor pull off a big finish?
Zoey has been wanting to kill again. She has been planning to kill again. With Brock and Mandy proving they are horrible and despicable people at the Lambda Theta Kappa Halloween party, Zoey has even found her victims. Zoey has gone over her plan, worked on her alibi, and started to set things in motion. You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice, men, and…budding serial killers, I guess. Can Zoey pull it off without a hitch? Will anyone be able to figure out her connection?
Taylor writes a fast-paced and dramatic finale for the first arc. This is all about Zoey, her motivations, and how she’s going about doing everything. We get insights into her planning and how she’s laying out what she perceives as the perfect alibi. Obviously we don’t agree with anything she’s doing, but there is a moment where she runs through everything in her mind and decides whether or not she can really do it. She was protecting her family way back when she killed her first victim, but this one is somewhat different. Taylor doesn’t really drag out the moral chess being played her, and that works fairly well. This is all the revenge fantasy and working out how to do it. Taylor really does some new and exciting things with the art as well. This one gets more into splash pages and changing up the page dynamic with different types of panels and focal points. It’s a little more cinematic, which it really needs considering what all is going on.
Bottom Line: Taylor ends his first arc in style. Things that have been built up are resolved, but a new thread is left dangling to entice readers into returning when things start back up. There are still some unanswered questions, but it looks like things are starting to become connected. 4.5/5
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