Publisher: Image Comics
Writers: Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins
Art: Isaac Goodhart
Colours: Betsy Gonia
Postal has been a bit of a sleeper hit, both previous issues have gone to a second printing, so it is understandable that Postal #3 would come with a high expectation considering the cliffhanger that the previous issue left us with.
Hill and Hawkins have created a world that could be compared to Lynch’s Twin Peaks or the dark underbelly of Polanski’s Chinatown. Sadly it feels empty and ultimately less dynamic than its contemporaries. The plot’s focus is squarely on our hero Mark, the towns autistic postman and son of the mayor. This in itself is not the issue as the plot is driven by Mark’s attempt to solve the murder of his sister. The problem is that this narrows the view of the narrative, it leaves the world feeling a little empty and underdeveloped.
Mark still remains the most engaging part of the series. Postal #3 has some nice interaction between himself and Maggie which highlights his analytical nature. His world revolves around reason and facts which can make Mark feel cold, much like Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC drama Sherlock.
After three issues of the series I find that the art style, whilst consistent and clean, does little to astound or amaze. The story doesn’t really call for grand set pieces and action packed panels, however for a book that is more grounded in reality I find that the colour palette mixed with the heavy lines just don’t marry well.
Postal #3 and the series as a whole has been somewhat of a disappointment. Where issue one should promise of a larger world and intriguing characters, the plot now feels a little forced at the expense of fleshing out that world. The novelty of the hero having Asperger’s Syndrome has also worn off a little. What was a nice idea in the beginning works against it now. I find it hard to feel engaged with Mark, his lack of empathy makes it difficult for me to feel any empathy in return. Maybe that is what Hawkins and Hill have intended to do. To create a hero that challenges the very foundations of how we perceive heroes in the modern world. I applaud any title that tries to bring something new to the table, however, I feel that Postal #3 doesn’t hit the mark in terms of storytelling and leaves the reader wanting.