Title: Girl in the Bay #3
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: J.M. DeMatteis
Art: Corin Howell
Colors: James Devlin
Published: April 3, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Kathy realizes that the life she remembers might not be her own—while Hugh’s gruesome companion is urging him on to murder again . . . with Kathy and another innocent soul as his primary targets
Kathy continues to try and figure out who she is and what happened to her, but the stakes are getting higher. While Kathy attempts to sort out her life, and death, Hugh’s dealing with his own monster. Literally.
Girl in the Bay #3 builds quite a bit of tension, perhaps more than the previous two issues. DeMatteis weaves between Kathy’s emotional turmoil and Hugh’s distraught and violent nature, creating a kind of ticking clock vibe in the pages. I’ve reached the point in Girl in the Bay where I hold my breath as I read. J.M. DeMatteis writes in a way that is not your typical kind of suspense, but it has you at the end of your seat nonetheless. As you move through this issue, there’s a nagging feeling that something big is coming, but what? Or who?
Somehow, I feel there’s an answer hidden in Corin Howell’s art, I just don’t know what it is yet. Howell’s art continues to impress. Hugh’s monster grows more grotesque with each panel, which I didn’t think was possible. Similarly, the Green Woman grows more alluring. The balance between the mundane, surreal, and gruesome is impressive this issue. Howell’s art will keep you on your toes, in step with Dematteis’ script.
The Bottom Line
Girl in the Bay #3 is another fantastic, thought-provoking issue. J.M. DeMatteis and Corin Howell produce an exceptional story this issue, moving us one step closer to the conclusion.