John Carpenter's Asylum #3 (Storm King, 2013; no cover date- released on October 9, 2013)
Writer: Bruce Jones
Artist: Leonardo Manco
Colorist: Kinsun Loh
To quote Keanu Reeves in The Matrix: WHOAH. This series hasn't exactly wasted a lot of time in the first two issues, but things really get moving this month. Not only does it hit the fan like a bloody stump, but it gets shredded and splatters everywhere. Detective Duran and Father Beckett find themselves in way over their heads, and I can't see them getting out of this mess.
Everything is high quality as usual for this series. Leonardo Manco and Kinsun Loh are beasts. Every panel is a camera angle, and every panel is perfect. I also have to give mad props to letterer Janice Chiang. I admittedly loathed her style in the '80s and '90s, but she has truly perfected her craft here. Lettering is one of those subtle things that can make or break a story. You might not think that something so seemingly insignificant could be as important as the words or the brushstrokes, but you would be wrong. It can make the difference between being readable and being really enjoyable. Bravo!
This title is among the best on the stands today, and is one of the few titles so compelling that I must read it every month as opposed to waiting for the trade...which I will also buy if and when it is released.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 5 out of 5.