STEEPLE #3, out this Wednesday from Dark Horse Comics, brings us back to a sleepy little town full of monsters from the sea. Oh, wait, not so sleepy after all. Once again, this is a town that finds itself on the face of change. But it isn’t the monsters that are the threat.
You might think that in the world of Steeple, there are enough threats and antagonists already. But you’d be wrong. Steeple #3 went above and beyond in proving to us that sometimes the enemy isn’t the monstrous-looking creature you’d expect.
Steeple #3 is perhaps the most bizarre issue of the series, featuring a new set of characters who believe they can utilize the power of windmills in order to force an early rapture. And yes, that is as risky and crazy as it sounds. And it’s going to force enemies to work together in order to stop it from happening.
Written and drawn by John Allison, Steeple #3 has a particular sense of humor about itself. It isn’t afraid to have a little bit of fun, while also exploring human nature, all while commenting on religious organizations. It’s an interesting and unique blend, one in which Allison has found an ideal balance.
Billie is settling in well in her new town, even if she is still a bit well, shocked about what she witnessed at the end of the previous issue. Thankfully that doesn’t seem to be enough to chase her away.
What’s more, a flashback is required in this issue. It was all done to explain the sudden appearance of a bunch of windmills. Windmills that mysteriously have crosses on their fronts. The twists that follow are unexpected and proof that not everything is as it seems.
Naturally, there were plenty of amusing moments during this series of events. After all, we’re talking about a plot revolving around three different forms of religion, and how two must join up to stop the third. And the third is using windmills, which should be enough said in and of itself.
Allison’s humor is very much of the tongue in cheek variety. It’s a breath of fresh air in a series that is utterly unique. It’s impossible not to look forward to seeing more of this series, and towards getting to know the characters better.
As mentioned above, John Allison was the lead artist, as well as being the author. That’s why the artwork matches the plot so perfectly. He’s created capricious characters that are full to the brim of drive and personality. And their personalities shine through in their sense of style and expressions.
The colorist for this issue was the one and only, Sarah Stern. She did an excellent job applying a color palette that fit the nature of this story. All of the colors were done in bright blocks, except for the stormy backdrops, which were delightfully dynamic.
And finally, Jim Campbell was the brains behind the lettering for this issue. Thanks to the unique story told, he had plenty of opportunities to shine in this issue. His lettering added a comical edge, while also providing vital information about what was going on.
Steeple #3 in many ways was the most surprising issue of the series so far. It was slightly insane and comical, while also taking a moment or two to establish something larger happening. The unique tone and plot of this issue are sure to make it a memorable one. And it’s left us looking forward to seeing what will happen in Steeple #4.