blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Xombi (1994) #13


I think this issue is Rozum’s best on Xombi, but it’s hard to say. It’s so unrelentingly, hostilely downbeat, it’s difficult to fully appreciate it.

The issue’s not about David. He appears at the bookends, consulting the Rabbi as to how to inform his fiancée about his… lifestyle change. The Rabbi tells David about his own experience, when his wife discovered the supernatural and the Rabbi’s place in that world.

The bulk of the issue is set in the 1930s, which is a far more interesting setting than the modern Milestone universe. There’s one plus. The second is Rozum’s attention to how he’s pacing this story and the perspective. It’s the Rabbi telling the story, but it’s really his wife’s story. Rozum does a great job with it along those lines.

It’s the first scary issue of Xombi. For all the supernatural stuff, there hasn’t been real peril.

It’s outstanding.

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