Kaiser Reviews… THE CHAIR Issues #3 & #4

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February 8, 2018

Kaiser Reviews… THE CHAIR Issues #3 & #4

Kaiser Reviews The Chair

The Chair 3 & 4 Review Cover

Back when I reviewed The Chair, issues 1 & 2, I thought I had an idea of where this limited series by Alterna Comics was heading. Now that I have read The Chair issues 3 & 4 I can say that boy howdy was I off, and I’m glad I was.

The Chair issue 3 takes a hard right turn and almost necessitates a re-read of the first two issues to make sure you didn’t miss anything that might have tipped its hat to where the series was going. Do not worry, I will not go into specific spoiler territory here, but suffice to say, hold on to your seats as you are in for a ride (albeit a dark and uncomfortable one). Be prepared to delve deeper into Sullivan’s psyche as his time approaching his execution draws ever so much closer. As the cover says: “Sanity is such an easy thing to lose…” and you might just lose a bit of yours too as the almost machine-gun firing of flashbacks whiz by on each page. Where issues 1 and 2 lacked a bit in backstory, issue 3 and 4 give you every bit of it that you were wanting in a tasty knuckle-sandwich to your brain.

The cover to issue 4 takes inspiration from the classic Brian Bolland image of The Joker from The Killing Joke graphic novel showing the Warden in a similar maniacal state clutching his hair in an apparent fit of madness. The inspiration and translation of that image is perfect for the contents of the issue. In this conclusion to the gripping limited series we witness the last horrifying moments of Sullivan’s life as the day of his execution is upon us. What unfolds is a tragic and intense look at what a person’s actions and inactions in life can do to their mental health.

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The Chair is one of those stories that can be a hard read due to the graphic nature of events that take place, but is well worth the time to read through till the end. Now, to get my hands on the recently released movie based on the comics, which I understand contains an outstanding last performance by the late Rowdy Roddy Piper. I will be sure to write-up a review on the movie as well as soon as I can. Until then, I and the rest of the TGL crew will be digging through more Alterna Comics properties. Might I suggest checking out Guy’s review of Mr. Crypt or Baltimore’s review of Mother Russia?

Issue #3
Writer, Artist, Lettering: Peter Simeti
Artist: Kevin Christensen
Released: Oct 25, 2017

Issue #4
Writer, Artist, Lettering: Peter Simeti
Artist: Kevin Christensen, Peter Simeti
Released: Dec 20, 2017

The Cover Issue 3

 

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