Foster #3

"Foster" #3 is the latest installment of the new self-published series from Brian Buccellato that focuses on the plight of Eddie Foster, a washed-up veteran who is so haunted by shadowy beasts known as Dwellers that he can't seem to get anything right. The Dwellers are an odd, but frightening, cross of werewolves, gangsters and cannibals. They hug tightly to the shadows of the world contained in these pages, but pop out of the shadows to cause problems and spread terror.

Three issues in, Buccellato has given us a protagonist who isn't very proactive. As a matter of fact, we're running right alongside Foster as he dodges the police while trying to rescue the son of his murdered neighbor. The noble streak of trying to do right when he sees the neighbor boy (Ben) in trouble just puts Foster in more trouble. Foster rolls with it, trying hard to get out of the figurative quicksand his life is becoming, only to make things worse and find himself sinking a little deeper. While Foster is the "star" of the book, nothing guarantees his safety.

Noel Tuazon's art is rough and unsettling, like Keith Giffen's work powered by an overdose of caffeine. The drawings are clean enough, but jagged and incomplete. I found myself drawing comparisons between "Foster" and early issues of "Proof" with regards to style and appearance, especially where the Dwellers are concerned, as they bear no small resemblance in appearance to John Proofrock. I'm certain that is coincidental, but it is the connection my mind made while reading "Foster" #3. Tuazon has promise and potential, strong storytelling chops and a knack for drawing distinctive characters. I'd like to see what a little more polish does for his work, but for this story, his style is a nice fit.

Buccellato's colors here are quite different from what you would find on "The Flash" and they need to be. Whereas Barry Allen's adventures have a watercolor vibe to them, "Foster" is more acrylic. Color transitions aren't fluid or gradual, they're dynamic or overlaid on one another. It adds to the kinetic frenzy of the story and the action therein.

Part "Jungle Book," part "Fugitive" and part horror movie of your choice, "Foster" doesn't have an easily predictable story course already set. Given that the title bears the last name of the protagonist, it seems a fairly safe bet that Eddie Foster is going to continue to factor into the story, but there's simply no telling what's going to happen to him along the way.

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