February 27, 2024

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Comics Review: Spread Volume 3

No, Molly, and the others arrive at a community that might be safe and civilized but probably isn't.

So, for the past couple years, I picked out a series I decided to finally finish at some point during the calendar year.  I have, without planning it, finished one I will review with the next batch of trades, I plan to finish The Walking Dead with the fourth and final giant-sized compendium, and finally, there’s Spread, an Image Comics horror series that seems at least somewhat inspired by John Carpenter’s version of The Thing.

Granted, I only discovered Spread last year, and it was all of five trades anyway, but I did get through the third, subtitled No Safe Place.

The trade actually opens with two issues, by guest artists, showing the backstories for series regulars Molly and Fat Jack.  Molly’s story is particularly tragic, showing why she’s lactating and why she’s so obsessed with the baby whose bodily fluids can kill the Spread.  As for Fat Jack, he moved to America before the Spread landed and joined the military after a life of being a rough sort of asshole.

That actually made me wonder if the Spread was mostly regional or if it was all over the place.  This trade doesn’t really answer that.  If the Spread is just a regional thing, well, that’s one thing.

Oh, and as for No, the man of Japanese descent who mostly says the word people use as his name, the series still hasn’t said much about what he was before the Spread aside from what little came out in the previous trade:  that he’s a gay man named Sean.

However, the meat of this trade is set in Community, a settlement where everything appears to be safe.  No is recovering there, and Fat Jack and Molly find jobs working for the place.  It sure does seem rather too good to be true.  Naturally, that means it is, and Community has a terrible secret.  It’s not the most earthshattering of secrets given when the series has revealed so far about the Spread, but it did fit in well.  If anything, that made this trade a bit of a step back.  The origin stories were good.  The Community stuff just felt a little too familiar.

Also, this trade had some short back-up stories of other people in the Spread and what they were up to, three or four in total, most of them forgettable and no more than 3 or so pages.  I hope the series picks up a bit for the next trade.

8.5 out of 10 wannabe leaders in wheelchairs.