I am liking The Immortal Men more and more with each issue. From a hectic start, through a slower moving last issue, this tale is coming together very well. I have to admit, I think it will wind up reading better in a collected edition, but I am certainly having fun with each monthly installment.
The latest issue is full of foreboding, and one of the characters does get killed towards the end of it. How can an immortal be killed? Well, the story does sort of explain it.
There are more explanations this issue, as well as a lot of action. I was glad to see that the Immortal Men are tied in to the long established creation of both Immortal Man and Vandal Savage, and the rival tribes from the prehistoric era, which are still in conflict to this day.
Timber is fast becoming my favourite member of the team. There is more backstory on her, and how her legend was altered to become that of Paul Bunyan. It’s a bit ironic, as Bunyan’s legend was actually altered to an American version from a Quebecois folktale, but I can live with that.
Caden is now getting a grip on the situation and his powers. I do have admit, I find him the least interesting of the group right now, but that just gives room for his character to grow and develop.
I am also really liking Tyler Kirkham’s art. It’s consistently dynamic, and I appreciate the variety of panel layouts in this issue. He gives focus and energy to the scenes this way. I am not always particularly good at expressing why I enjoy the art, but he seems to have a strong sense of how many panels per page are used to build suspense, or keep the pace going.
The end of this issue ensures that there will be some big changes coming up in the next one. And given how well told the book has been so far, I’m sure they will be interesting and effective.