The Remnant #3 Review
Writer Caleb Monroe continues his tightening of this supernatural espionage tale. The Remnant so far has managed to successfully weave in elements of different genres without any one empowering the other. Jason Bourne casts his shadow over this series, with retired CIA gent David Sacker attempting to forge a new life with his wife Sara while not being allowed to by his employers, and a new menace on the horizon.
Dropping hints about Sara’s involvement in the explosion in the first issue Monroe continues that in this penultimate issue. David is still keen to get back in the field to discover the meaning of the mysterious men around him (one of whom – John Drouin somehow saved his life), especially after disarming a bomb in his kitchen last issue. David and Sara’s disagreements reach new heights here, as David doesn’t seem to care about the danger around him, or his friend Andy, while Sara discovers a possible reason to secure the safety of their future together. As David rushes in to meet Andy, he’s met only by the ever silent Drouin and the elderly man from seen lurking in the background in the disasters of previous issues. A brief struggle ensues, showing John’s indestructibility, which looks to be questioned only moments later.
This is not a jumping on point for new readers. There’s no recap of the previous issues, but don’t let that stop you from picking up the Trade when it hits. It’s a good series, and shows BOOM!’s diversity in the market. Julian Totino Tedesco’s art is gracious, with fluidity and weight to his figures. Expressions are real and he has the best page design currently on the shelves. I’m glad BOOM! is diversifying their roster of artists, and moving away from the sketchy style they seemed to be stuck with for a while there.
It’s difficult to say much more about this title without dropping the surprises, but it’s worth paying attention to. With a great combo of spiritual themes in an action film wrapper The Remnant is a brisk mover and is paced as a one read format, rather than the typical stop and start monthly approach. Wait for the Trade and you’ll read it from cover to cover in one sitting. It’s that engrossing.