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Comic Review: C.O.W.L. #3

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 6:00 am by Zakk Saam

Cover by Trevor McCarthy

Cover by Trevor McCarthy

Story by Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel

Art by Rod Reis

Published by Image Comics









Negotiations begin between the Chicago Organized Workers League and the City of Chicago in the latest issue of C.O.W.L from Image Comics. This superhero crime thriller slows down the pace for an issue to amplify the political intrigue.

Written by Kyle Higgins (Gates of Gotham, Nightwing) and Alec Siegel (Avengers: Mythos), C.O.W.L. opens with Radia and David attending a baseball game. Radia gets crowded by onlookers, which visibly upsets the young woman, a theme that continues throughout the issue.


The bulk of the issue follows the contract negotiations between C.O.W.L and the city, which aren’t going as expected for Geoffrey Warner, the Chief of C.O.W.L. This is a break from the usual action-packed pages you’d get from a typical superhero comic book, but this isn’t a typical comic book. C.O.W.L. continues to draw comparisons to Justice League, Mad Men, and Watchmen. This period piece takes a genre that is beaten to death with a horse (superheroes) and blends it excellently with a crime thriller and political espionage tale that’s hard to resist.

The art of Rod Reis’ (Teen Titans, Aquaman) continues to be masterful. His watercolor style perfectly fits the political tone of the book. With intentions unclear amongst some characters, Reis’ artwork enhances their hidden agendas.

Troy Peteri did the lettering job, and continues to help make this book beautiful. A growing trend in independent comics, has balloons don’t have a border to them, allowing the lettering to fall into the artwork. Peteri’s lettering works seamlessly with Reis’ watercolor work, almost as if the balloons were painted in. My only gripe is that when put against some of Reis’ white backgrounds, the balloons shift to a gray coloring, which is a bit jarring.

Included in each issue of C.O.W.L. is a dossier on one character from the issue. This month’s dossier is on Radia, which adds a little bit more depth to the character.

Overall, this is the series I continue to look forward to each month. After three issues, I’m hooked. Add this to your pull list if you enjoy a slow burn when it comes to storytelling. Higgins and Siegel continue to impress with C.O.W.L.

Story: 8/10

Art: 9/10

Overall: 8.5/10

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