By: Michael Alan Nelson (writer), Alejandro Aragon (art), Nolan Woodard (colors), Johnny Lowe (letters) & Ian Brill (editor)
The Story: As Selina and Clint get closer to London, the infected become less of a problem than the other humans.
What’s Good: 28 Days just delivers the good every single month and it has become one of my “most anticipated” books every time because I can’t wait to see what happens next. This issue is a great example. We’ve seen our protagonists chased by the infected, we’ve seen they deal with the US military and we’ve seen them deal with a few nasty bands of survivors. What’s left? Well, if you remember the story arc featuring the US military science lab around issue #12, you might remember an off-hand remark from the head scientist that a certain military officer was looking for Selina and had special plans for her. That chicken comes home to roost in a big way in this issue as Selina and Clint face what could be their toughest obstacle yet. This direction is also appealing because it seems that this dude has it in for Selina based on something she did in the past. We really know very little about Selina even if you include the information from the movie. I love stories that dole out the bits of back-matter in dribs and drabs and am looking forward to leaning more about Selina.
I’m also really enjoying the dynamic that Clint and Selina has developed over these past 3-4 issues since they because the only two remaining central characters. It’s fun to watch them grow closer, get friendly and even start to get some romantic feelings for one another (although I hope we don’t go there for a long time). I’m sure at some point, they’ll pick up another character or two, but I hope it isn’t too soon because I’m not sick of this two-person dynamic yet.
Aragon’s art is again quite good for this type of book. There’s nothing too flashy in this art. It’s just nice and effective sequential art that tells the story.
A final tidbit that I liked was the US military had a nice turn in this issue. Soldiers don’t always have to be bloodthirsty, gung-ho morons and it was nice to see Nelson give these soldiers (who don’t even last very long) a nuanced depiction.
What’s Not So Good: I have a bit of a quibble with the stakeout scene in this issue. The scene shows Selina and Clint being fairly sure they’re being watched. And it turns out they are correct, but the bad guy (who is an officer in the British Army) gives his position away by illuminating his digital watch to read the time and then proceeds to smoke a cigarette. Maybe this is what officers do when there are no sergeants around to politely suggest that the Captain has perhaps not fully considered his actions? This is just an area where a little more research would have paid off.
It may seem like a small thing, but comics like 28 Days live and die on being somewhat realistic and factual missteps distract from the story.
Conclusion: Bad stakeout techniques aside, this is another strong issue of one of my favorite series. I can’t wait to see what happens next month and find out why this guy has a grudge against Selina.