Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Review of Pariah Issue #4 by Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt

Issue #4:
Print: 32 pgs.  Digital: 27 pgs.
Publication: October 2011 by Sea Lion Books
Writer: Aron Warner, Philip Gelatt     Artist: Brett Weldele
Cover by: Pat Lee
Publisher: Sea Lion Books
Brent Marks is not a freak. He is one of the Pariah, a group of teens who become extremely intelligent after being cured of a genetic disorder. Although in most ways a normal teen, Brent is considered dangerous and is tracked down by the government who see these kids as an enormous threat. Can he evade them? What do they have planned for Brent and the others? 
Franklin Hyde was born into politics. He's smooth, he's suave, and he's a Vitro which means he can out-think pretty much anyone. Franklin has a plan to unite all the Vitros and keep them safe from those who wish them harm. The problem is, how can he get all the Vitros to go along with him when they're loathe to trust anyone? He'll earn the undying hatred of the rest of the Vitros, but has he signed their death warrant, or given them the chance to become what they're truly destined to be? 
About the Authors 
Aron Warner is the Academy Award®-winning producer of the animated blockbuster “Shrek” series. Mr. Warner joined PDI/Dreamworks in 1997 working as the producer on the animated film, Antz. He is currently in partnership with director Andrew Adamson in Strange Weather where they and partner Jeff Fierson are developing a slate of live action and animated feature films and television shows. He, producing alongside James Cameron, just wrapped the Untitled Cirque Du Soleil 3-D project, which was written and directed by Adamson. Pariah is his first graphic novel series.

Philip Gelatt was born and raised in Wisconsin. He attended NYU where he earned his undergraduate degree in Cinema Studies and Anthropology. He began his career writing for both Oni Press and Dark Horse comics. For Dark Horse he worked on INDIANA JONES ADVENTURES and for Oni he has written a number of original graphic novels including LABOR DAYS volumes 1 & 2 and the forthcoming PETROGRAD (due out August, 2011).
Philip has also written screenplays for both Lionsgate and Misher Films and in 2010 he made his directorial debut with THE BLEEDING HOUSE, a dark thriller that he also wrote. Philip lives in Brooklyn.

            
                      A Review of Pariah Issue #4
Might be the best of all the comic issues in the Pariah world. Why you ask? Quite simply it brings together all the characters seen from the previous comic issues. Pariah Issue #1: Brent, Pariah Issue #2: Lila , and Pariah Issue #3 Maudsley. In this issue we see that the reason the Vitros were all gathered and captured in the previous issues had a purpose. The mastermind behind this whole plan is  Franklin Hyde. While you may be tempted to believe the reason for his trying to get all the Vitros in one place is surely is nefarious it isn't really as it seems. tries to explain himself and with that readers should get to see deeper into 's past. Just as everyone is acquaintanced something shockingly surprising happens to the gathered Vitros. 
This issue was hands down the most action-packed which was really likeable for more things are going on. What stood out was that again all the characters before encountered were present , so there was some conflict between them and even compromise. It becomes increasingly obvious some don't trust the intentions of Franklin Hyde. The  particularly neat thing about Pariah Issue #4 is that we are presented to the history of Hyde which brings a lot of sympathy for the guy. 
The artwork in this issue continues to be even more satisfying. It has a bright watercolor  appearance.
For those of you interested in this comic series, Issue #4, is a worthwhile comic issue in the Pariah world. Containing more action and suspense then its predecessors.
Overall: Amazing read!5 of 5 stars
Comic/ Graphic Novel



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