Book Title: Never Never #3
Book Description: In issue #2 of Never Never we left off with Petros and the Lost Boys raiding the Tiger Clan village. Their objective is simple: recapture Winter. Anyone who gets in the way is expendable.
By the time the majority of the fighting is over Tiger and Winter are the last two standing to fend off the invaders. They are in serious trouble. Tiger is facing off against Petros by herself while Winter is at the edge of a waterfall.
The Lost Boys have cut off any paths to escape or help Tiger. But they didn’t think of one. The issue came to an end with Winter throwing herself over the edge and into the waterfall.
Never Never #3 begins with Winter still in a free fall. During her fall we see flashbacks to Winter’s life at home. We see what made her think leaving with Pan was so desirable.
We also see that Winter had some pixie dust. If she can control the magic she can control her fall. That has mixed results. She doesn’t plummet to her death. However, she doesn’t know how quickly the dust effects dissipate. Winter knocks herself out cold crashing into a branch.
Some time later, Winter is awoken by a group of men. The leader of the group introduces himself as Jean-Paul Greave. At least that was his name before Neverland. Here he’s been given the moniker of “Hook”.
Hook believes that Winter holds the key to finally defeating Pan and being able to leave Neverland. She just doesn’t realize how important she is. He has a challenge that will help Winter realize her worth, if it doesn’t kill her first.
Book Author: Mark McCann
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: VRUS/Heavy Metal
Illustrator: Phil Buckenham
As the series moves along the stakes continue to get higher. It’s clear from the way he dealt with Tiger that capturing Winter is Pan’s endgame. I love that she’s a force to be reckoned with. Instead of simply being a sacrifice Winter has become more and more of a thorn in Petros’s side.
As Winter becomes more familiar with Neverland she is able to embrace more powers. I’m very excited to see what her powers will be able to do when coupled with the plot Hook has been scheming.
Mr. Lair’s covers for this series continue to be staggering. I love the detail and use of colors, especially on Winter’s jacket. It reminded me of the jacket Emma Swan wore in Once Upon a Time. That was very fitting considering we’re finally seeing Hook.
The interior artwork is holding its own. There are some panels that have a bit of gore in them. And there are some with more than a bit of gore. On those panels I’m okay with not going overboard on detail.
As a geek on a budget I’m still all in on this title. We’re past the halfway point in Never Never. If the first three books are this series’s equivalent of the slow climb to the top of the roller coaster I can’t wait to see what happens when we pick up some steam. Please remain seated at all times throughout the ride. Someone could lose their head!
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