Review: Pearl #3

by Ari Bard
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[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Creators: Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos

Letters: Joshua Reed

Design: Curtis King Jr.



It all goes down at the nightclub and everyone has a decision to make.  Where will Pearl’s allegiance ultimately lie knowing her newfound secret is out?  How will Mr. Miike handle this?  Get some answers and more questions in this action-packed third issue of Pearl!


The combination between the visuals and the writing in this series is phenomenal.  Bendis writes the dialogue so matter of fact.  It gets all the information through, and I often find it to be either sarcastic or blunt with the occasional whimsy pictograph.  One may ask, “Where does all the emotion come from?” That would be from the art.  Colorful during the action and blue during more contemplative scenes, Michael Gaydos knows just the right colors and paneling to choose throughout the entire issue.

Pearl is a very guarded person.  It’s very hard to read her or her emotions, and now that some of her emotions are portrayed through these tattoos that are coming to life, she is a bit more vulnerable.  It’s great to watch her become more in touch with her feelings through her memories, and I love putting this puzzle of relationships, connections, and emotion together.


While I love a good puzzle, this weeks issues was a lot.  There is so much going on right now and it is admittedly a little hard to keep up with when and where everything is happening and how everyone is feeling about it.  Issues 1 and 2 provided a little bit more clarity to the many moving parts.  That being said, I love being along for the ride.



A little more convoluted than previous issues, but still a great example of visual and written storytelling.


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