{Book Review} Mountainhead #4: John Lees (IDW Publishing)

Mountainhead #4

John Lees (Author) • Ryan Lee (Artist, Cover Artist) • Doug Garbark (Colorist) • Shawn Lee (Letters) • IDW Publishing (Publisher)

Reviewed By A.S. MacKenzie

It’s been a little while since we have visited Mountainhead due to * gestates wildly at the world around us * but this is just as good, if not better, than those that came before and well worth any waiting.

While the delay may have diminished some general enthusiasm leading up to the release (not for me, I’ve been giddy with anticipation), once anyone opens this comic up to the first page that enthusiasm will come charging back with full ferocity.

Ryan Lee, yet again, shows us what is possible within the world of comics with his highly imaginative and enviably talented artwork. The near frenetic stylings of the linework coupled with deft color choices show this is a team of professionals we will be reading for a long time. IDW has done the comics world a great service over the years by bringing talent to the forefront, and this is no exception.

The story continues from issue #3 in that what is happening to their small, mountain town of Braeriach has only just begun and no one is safe. Though, no one is really sure what they aren’t safe from. Neighbors and family change in front of their eyes into grotesqueries that seem to be bent on destroying as much as possible around them. Every attempt at safety is thwarted and every chance for escape seems further and further away the more pages in we keep going. Oh, and did we mention that a certain psychotic former thief has made it to town just as all this is going on?

Mountainhead #4 takes everything that was great about the first three issues, stuffs it into a bag, beats it with prose and paint, then flings the mess against the paper to create something so unique it may as well have been an accident. I can’t stop saying enough about this series because there are just too many words to use and they still won’t come close to how good it is.

Since this is issue #4, I am loathe to give away many details, synopsis, plot, or anything that may detract the reader from experiencing this firsthand. Let me say that if you have even the slightest interest in the comic, start with #1 and hold on. You’ll be right there with the rest of us as we wait for #5.

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Click the links to read the Kendall Reviews for Issue 1Issue 2 & Issue 3

Mountainhead #4

The most shocking series of the year continues with its most relentlessly suspenseful chapter yet! A snowstorm has fallen over the town of Braeriach, and an onslaught of terror has come with it. For as long as he can remember, Abraham has been raised to run at the first sign of trouble, but this time there may be nowhere to go. Everything changes in this harrowing, unmissable penultimate issue!

You can buy Mountainhead #4 directly from IDW Publishing

A. S. MacKenzie

A. S. MacKenzie is an Atlanta based author who loves all things books, movies, games, and comics. He lives with his wife, spoiled dogs, and an unhealthy obsession with building things. He can be found building worlds in books, building plastic models, or building with wood. Check out his website at asmackenzie.com for ways to join his newsletter and read free stories. Also, he’s been known to frequent Twitter (@a_s_mackenzie) to say something vaguely interesting and Instagram (a.s.mackenzie) for food, travel, and random pics.

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