Title: Die #3
Words: Kieron Gillen
Art: Stephanie Hans
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Publication Date: February 6, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: “FANTASY HEARTBREAKER,” Part Three One of the saddest comics in Kieron’s career. One of Stephanie’s prettiest. Clayton’s lettering, of course, remains impeccable.
“Dragons are essential. Dragons are rare. Everyone loves dragons. Until you meet one.”
The excitement continues as readers are dropped into the middle of an epic battle of players v. dragon that no only maintains momentum, but also serves as a reminder that this series is about more than just killing dragons.
Fully rendered with intensity and great attention to detail, Die #3 provides an eye-gasm, or two. With bold, powerful illustrations, Stephanie Hans’ style is unique and perfectly suited for a dark fantasy such as this. Panels are well-framed, and emotions are clearly portrayed; Die #3 is gorgeous.
There’s always more to the story than initially thought, and now that we readers are trapped inside the game along with our heroes, Gillen takes full advantage of our predicament. Heartstrings are tugged and philosophical food for thought is provided; Die #3 is well-written and well-paced and continues to evoke an emotional response from readers. This issue is quite sad, but it needs to be in order to get its point(s) across.
Despite having said it twice already, I will say it again, Die is a must-read.
The Bottom Line:
Packed tight with heart and intense action, Die #3 is a near-perfect issue that wastes no time delivering on the goods that readers came for while simultaneously managing to solicit a great emotional response from them.