Title: Proxima Centauri #4
Writer/Artist/Cover: Farel Dalrymple
Publication Date: September 12, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: PROXIMA CENTAURI, Part Four Sherwood and friends fight the bagman and his annoying multiplying problem bots.
New information is learned in Proxima. Up until this point, Sherwood’s story has been closely guarded, as he remains in the world of fantasy.
Proxima Centauri #4 was a mind bending, psychedelic, kaleidoscope, of story and art. Proxima has been a story of Sherwood’s psychology journey, however, that has not been clearer until this issue. It’s almost as though the walls of Sherwood’s consciousness are starting to come down inside him, and the result is a myriad of images and experiences that are as fantastical as they are complex. We see images of pills called “bio-enhancers”, and we see his room as something closer to a psychiatric unit than a space ship. These little truths slip into the narrative, impossible to ignore, breaking the fantasy storyline and introducing, instead, the story of a young man’s struggle with mental illness. Now the task of the reader is to sift the real from the fantasy, the fact from the fiction, in order to uncover Sherwood’s true story and perhaps learn what really happened to his brother.
Through the art Farel Dalrymple reveals a world of complexity, the world of Sherwood’s mind. And within that setting, Dalrymple really emphasizes the appeal of imagination and creativity and even delusion over the cold, harsh, and unflinching reality. In the art, Dalrymple makes the argument that the world in our minds is far greater than the one we experience in reality, and in that fact is the appeal of receding into our minds.
The Bottom Line:
Farel Dalrymple captures Sherwood’s world in such narrative(ly) and visually realistic ways that the reader is left stunned by the stark truth found within the story.