Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Ivan Brandon
All Art: Nic Klein
Lettering: Aditya Bidikar
Alternative Cover: Aurélie Neyret
In the last issue of Drifter, Emmerich and the girl who has been following him found an evacuation pod full of corpses. Meanwhile, the sheriff and the barman are defending… the bar, that the silent, dangerous Wheelers have taken over. But the posse gets past them, and they start a brawl in which they have no hope. Meanwhile, the sheriff goes upstairs. There, she talks to the mysterious creature who seems to be controlling the Wheelers. As he (it?) refuses to help, the sheriff starts supporting the villagers in their fight.
Issue #13 brings us back to Captain Pollux, who is talking about family and relationships with the recently appointed vice-sheriff. Then, they walk into an enormous, dark cave. In town, the battle with the Wheelers is getting bloodier by the minute.
As usual, Drifter is a series with a very, very complex story. Some of the things that happen in it are very unclear, although the storyline involving the Wheelers is now relatively straightforward. We may not see a specific character for a whole issue or more, and then they will return and play a vital part in the plot.
But Drifter is not a series that is complex for its own sake, it is not a mental puzzle that Ivan Brandon created just to prove how clever he is: it is clear that this series is written to challenge the readers’ mind, but it also is extremely satisfactory.
A special word needs to be spent for the art, for which Nic Klein received a Silver Spectrum Award. Every single detail is represented accurately, with the alien Wheelers incredibly realistic. But where Klein really excels are landscapes and environment shots, as shown by the image just above this paragraph.
All in all, then, Drifter is a series worth a reading – a careful, very careful one.