The Cull has been an intriguing sci-fi fantasy comic book. It has all the elements of classic 70s and 80s cult classic movies. That tone has helped make it a unique comic book on the stands. Now that the tone has been developed it is time to learn more about the world our core cast has found themselves in. With that hopefully we get answers to what we saw in the future timeline of the first issue. Find out if that is the case with our advance review of The Cull #3.
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Mattia De Iulis
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
“Well, it wasn’t sentient mushrooms. Was it better or worse than that? You decide. Also? RUN.” – Image Comics
The first two issues already showed us how off things are. Now with The Cull #3 we see how the limits are taken off. With that there is this feeling of anything that can happen with what goes down during The Cull #3. In the process Kelly Thompson and Mattia De Iulis fully tap into the unlimited budget that is had with the comic book medium.
Moreso than its predecessors, The Cull #3 puts you in a spot as a reader to just go with whatever happens. It is a similar spot that the cast are placed in as they come across a game-changing being that lives in the mysterious world. Being placed in this spot opens the door more to how imaginative this whole story is. Anything can happen and we see through this mysterious being that being open to every possibility is a powerful tool.
At the same time, Thompson and Iulis make sure to show how not everything is as it seems. As great as the developments that four of the five cast members go through, things are quickly grounded. It is through the one that doesn’t go through the same development creates even more questions about this world. That leads to a great hint at the scale of action Iulis will deliver in the future. And with where The Cull #3 ends with the scale only appears to be getting bigger in the future.
Through all this Thompson continues to make each cast member shine with their personality. The being that they run into further showcase how each of them handle the weird situation they are in. Wade, in particular, stands out as being the one who gets to showcase their personality and way of tackling a problem.
Adding to the way each cast member handle the situation is the way Iulis makes sure each character reaction is reflective of their dialogue. Whether they are the focal point or in the background, there is a lot of great detail with each character. It helps get over how what they go through in The Cull #3 impacts them differently.
The Cull #3 does a wonderful job diving deeper into the fantastical world Kelly Thompson and Mattia De Iulis have created. The cast shine individually and as a group with what they go through in the mysterious world they are exploring. Their experiences are elevated by the amazing visuals that continue to steal the show and make this a must-read series.
Story Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10
Art Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 8.5 Night Girls out of 10