Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Comics Review: "SINS OF THE SALTON SEA #3" Finds its Sons


STORY: Ed Brisson
ART: C.P. Smith
COLORS: C.P. Smith
LETTERS: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
COVER: Tim Bradstreet
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Shawn Martinbrough; Chris Ferguson
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (August 2023)

Rated: “Mature”

Sins of the Salton Sea is a five-issue comic book miniseries from writer Ed Brisson and artist C.P. Smith.  Published by AWA Studios, the series focuses on a professional thief who finds himself protecting lives rather than collecting the money he was promised.  Letterer Steve Wands completes the series creative team.

Sins of the Salton Sea introduces Wyatt, a professional thief living off the grid.  His brother, Jasper, convinces him to join his crew for one of those proverbial “last big scores.”  What Walt scores is one human sacrifice and a war among factions of a doomsday cult.

Sins of the Salton Sea #3 opens in Hawthorne, Nevada.  In the wake of Madison's death, Wyatt finds himself in possession of her son, Silver Currier, who has a story to tell.  Wyatt wants to know things, so now, he must learn about the “Sons of the Salton Sea” and its apocalyptic mumbo jumbo.  Meanwhile, Cecil Currier and his minions of the end-of-the-world are extra-hot on Wyatt and Silver's trail and tail.  And in the world at large, all hell is starting to break loose.

THE LOWDOWN:  AWA Studios' marketing recently began providing me with PDF review copies of their comic book publications.  Sins of the Salton Sea #3 is the latest.

I assume that writer Ed Brisson had fun scripting Sins of the Salton Sea, but he didn't have as much fun as I'm having reading it.  Even when Brisson reveals new info about the narrative (the name of the doomsday cult, the Sons of the Salton Sea) it only seems to add the series' sense of mystery.  It is as if Brisson is actively engaging the reader with every word, and I like the way he teases out Silver's explanation of the situation to Wyatt.  I really hope that this series does not end up like M. Night Shyamalan's recent film, Knock at the Cabin (2023).

Artist-colorist C.P. Smith keeps this series grounded as hints of the supernatural creep inside the story.  Sins of the Salton Sea still feels like a neo-Western and crime thriller hybrid.  Smith's clean compositional style and panels that feel wide and cinematic keep the series feeling wide-open and full of possibilities.

I highly recommend Sins of the Salton Sea #3.  At the start, it promised a lot for the rest of this series, and the second and third issues deliver on all potentials and promises.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of action thrillers and conspiracies will want to try Sins of the Salton Sea.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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