The Black Beetle #3


Written & Directed by Francesco Francavilla

Francavilla has done it again. He has created a comic that literally makes me swoon. If you read my review of the first two issues, this is just more of the same. As if issues #1 & #2 weren’t exciting enough, this issue takes the excitement level through the roof. I can’t fault this book. It has no flaws. Francavilla continues to come up with clever ways to intrigue and consume the reader. The man is a genius, the first page with the sheet music, it’s like nothing I’ve seen before. I’m still in awe at the sheer quality of this book. Both the writing and the artwork surpass everything else on the market. The genius doesn’t stop on the first page either, it flows through the book and is evident in both the writing and art.

If you haven’t been reading this four-parter then I highly recommend that you change that ASAP. It’s just such a fun and exciting book, with a likeable and often relatable protagonist in an utterly thrilling tale. How could you say no? Francavilla has solidified himself as my favourite comic creator right now. You can see his passion for what he does in all he does. It’s rare for me to fall so completely in love with a comic book but that’s exactly what has happened here.

Please pick this book up, you won’t regret it.


Francavilla and The Black Beetle are nominated for a few Stumptown Comic Arts Awards too which you can vote for here: (I also suggest voting for Ibrahim Moustafa for High Crimes)

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