Review: Reyn #6
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Kel Symons
Art: Nate Stockman
Kel Symons and Nate Stockman’s action-packed fantasy thriller Reyn returns with its sixth issue, launching a whole new story arc after a brief hiatus. Last issue saw our reluctant hero and his crew continue to infiltrate the Venn’s base and discovered they were, in fact, aboard Fate, a colossal vessel floating in space. #6 maintains the series’ cinematic quality, featuring panels of beautiful scenery with narration from an unknown source.
This issue sees Reyn and his team make huge and earth-shattering discoveries- in every possible sense – about the beginnings of humanity and the true events of the cataclysm mentioned throughout the first few issues of Reyn. The previously uncertain history of events had been completely relied upon, and it is difficult for many of the team members to come to terms with the fact all they know about their humanity has been false. It is during this journey of discovery, however, that their snooping antics catch up on them and the Venn attack, providing some characteristically awesome action scenes. Seph’s loss in this issue’s cliff hanger will certainly provide excellent character development and shape the story hugely as the series continues.
How much has Reyn really developed throughout the series? For one, he is much more at ease communicating with Aurora, relying on her to navigate particularly tricky situations. But on the whole he has become more compassionate and has displayed a little more humanity, seen most clearly on p19 when he comforts Seph as the world she knows is turned on its head. He’s a little rough around the edges, but Reyn is a pretty perfect hero. Think Han Solo with a sword.
It’s refreshing to see tension within Reyn’s group of warriors; granted there hasn’t been much in the way of characterisation – leaving the reader slightly ambivalent towards various characters being injured or killed – but seeing them with less bravado and more angst delivers the perfect amount of drama. On the other hand, Reyn maintains its light humour throughout #6, between Reyn’s one-liners and putdowns and the very presence of Aurora. As a very separate entity from the group, Aurora is a great source of comic relief, expressive and physical. The more scientific or revelatory dialogue – courtesy of an undisclosed narrator – verges on being a little dry at times, which makes important details about the past easy to overlook. The magic and fantasy elements of Reyn are immediately more intriguing and exciting, whereas the space and tech sides to the story aren’t quite as compelling.
The artwork in Reyn is as stellar as always; the huge space-scapes in particular are amazingly executed, with Stockman balancing the vastness of space with intricate detail like stars and planets. Reyn lends itself perfectly to epic splash pages and gorgeous scenery. Throughout its run, Reyn has maintained really interesting colour schemes which is evident in #6, especially when muted blues – complimenting the moody angst of our heroes – are amplified by the bold red in the space skyline. Plus there are great action scenes near #6’s conclusion, which is where Reyn truly thrives. Sometimes all you want is a huge fight scene with lots of blood, witty one-liners and old-school onomatopoeia, and Reyn delivers in spades.
#6 may not be as immediately gripping and full of razor-sharp dialogue as previous instalments, but it certainly continues Reyn’s run of consistent and enjoyable issues. The story and dialogue is a little dry and heavy but the sublime art work compensates for that, delivering epic scenes and splash pages alongside gleefully violent and exciting action scenes. Some intriguing and dramatic storylines have been put into place, which will no doubt leave the reader eagerly awaiting #7 next month.