Worth Breathing – Radiant Black #3 Analysis |STC 67

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Radiant Black #3 – April 21, 2021

Writer: Kyle Higgins

Artist: Marcelo Costa

Letterer: Becca Carey

Cover A: Marcelo Costa

Okay, that’s it. Nathan’s getting down to business today: he’s finally working on his novel. All he needs is some solitary writing time—no “helpful” parents, no superhero social media, and definitely no alien voices beaming an unintelligible language into his brain. That’s not too much to ask for, right?

Radiant Black #3 Page

Radiant Black Series Page

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THE BAD

-The conflict between Marshall and Nathan feels a little contrived. Marshall feels as if he is specifically designed to make things harder for Nathan. It’s a delicate dynamic that I find vexing.

THE FUN

-Flying that family to the ball game was sweet and charming. It felt like something Peter would do if he could.

-Marshall’s design work was a lot of fun

-The Chad meme during Nathan’s dream made me laugh out loud. It was a moment of real delight. Thank you for doing that. It was so good that I pulled the title this analysis from it.

THE GOOD

-All the stuff with Nathan trying to figure out is really good. As a writer myself, all that feels so relatable.

-The page showing the writing process while the errant Radiant thoughts were buzzing in his head felt tense and drawn out and tedious all at the same time. The panel layout served the effect so well. I felt like I was there with Nathan experiencing that.

THE QUESTION

Is this a slice of life or a superhero comic? Does it have a strong enough identity? Does it need to escalate to keep your interest?

IS THIS A RECCOMENDED?

No.

This issue was much better than the last, but it isn’t quite there for me. I am intrigued, so I will stick around for next issue, but I did ask the comic shop to take it off of my pull list before I read it. The moment I finished I realized I should have waited.

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KYLE HIGGINS

WRITER

Kyle Higgins is a #1 New York Times Best Selling author best known for his work on DC Comics’ Batman titles as well as his critically-acclaimed reinventions of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for Boom! Studios and Ultraman for Marvel Comics. RADIANT BLACK is Kyle’s fourth series for Image Comics.

MARCELO COSTA

ARTIST

Marcelo Costa is a comic artist and colorist from Brazil who has coloured books such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Firefly for Boom! Studios, Hidden Society for Dark Horse, and SELF/MADE for Image Comics. RADIANT BLACK is Marcelo’s first work for Image Comics as an artist.

BECCA CAREY

LETTERER

Becca Carey is a graphic designer and letterer who has worked on books like Redlands, Vampirella/Red Sonja, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more super secret fun projects to watch out for.

MICHAEL BUSUTTIL

EDITOR & DESIGNER

Michael Busuttil is a graphic designer, editor, and podcaster from Sydney, Australia. RADIANT BLACK is his editorial debut.

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