Evil Eye Comics Review: Ei8ht #3


Ei8ht #3 Review
By: Chris, Evil Eye Comics 
In Ei8ht #3, the intriguing world that we’ve come to know as
the Meld is the subject at hand.  Until
this point in the series, the Meld has been a place and time built entirely
upon mystery. A plane of existence stuck somewhere in between the past, the
present, and the future, we could never truly know where in time the Meld
exists or if it even exists at all. The entirety of what we’ve known about it
is summed up on the first page of each issue, where it’s stated simply that
“the Meld is something else entirely”. Well, after reading Ei8ht #3, that all
changes as Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson finally enlighten us as to what
exactly the Meld is, the result of which reveals even more mysteries
surrounding this amazing new dimension of time and space than there were
previously.

The issue begins with Collins and Doctor Hamm, two
characters introduced in the previous issue who are now trapped in the distant
past. Hunted by dangerous, prehistoric animals and things that are generally
trying to devour them for dinner, they are desperately searching for a way back
to their own time and running dangerously low on ammunition to protect
themselves with. This is the only information about their situation that we are
given but don’t worry, the story will come back to them later.
Back in the Meld, after a bit of snooping around, Hari tells
the leaders of the resistance camp that the Spear is planning to unleash the
Scourge on them while simultaneously capturing Joshua to gain information on
the ship he arrived in. Nila and Joshua, instead of allowing this to happen,
decide to go on the offensive and attack the Spear on his own turf. After that,
you’re going to need to read for yourself because to say this is where things
get interesting would be a gross understatement. Ei8ht #3 is where we begin to
see all the pieces of the series starting to be woven together like a patchwork
quilt. All the different times, spaces, and characters that we’ve been
introduced to become sewn together into one epic story. Finally, everything is
starting to come together.
For me, this is the best issue of Ei8ht yet. I thought the
first two issues were amazing, but this took things to another level that even
I didn’t think was possible. The color palettes differentiating each of the
time periods from one another make each story line clearly unique and the
sparse use of color in general allows the art and dialog to be the stars of the
show. It’s a shame that there are only two more issues of Ei8ht remaining, as I
love these characters and the story that has been created for them, but I cannot
wait to dive in to the rest of this absolutely delightful mini-series as soon
as the next issue is released.

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