Killmonger #3 Review - Killmonger V Bullseye, Nuff Said!!!
• Eduardo Ferreyra (Colorist) • Marvel (Publisher)
It's often said that a good villain needs to be more interesting than the hero he's put up against. What happens when the comic you're reading is full of bad guys?
Killmonger #3 is excellent. It one of the best single issues I've read this year and the series shaped up to be one of the best mini-series of the past decade. I originally read the book a few months back but lost track of the issue when I moved. I reread the comic again so it would be fresh in my mind.
The issue picks up immediately following the cliffhanger of the last issue. Bullseye makes his presence known causing Killmonger and his crew to scatter. I absolutely loved Bullseyes portrayal during this encounter. He's the bad guy that scares heroes and bad guys. This is incredible considering the skillset of the abilities of the team he's up against. King, for example, is telekinetic. You'd think that fighting a street-level character like Bullside would be a cakewalk. It's not, and the team breaks up after barely surviving the encounter. Sidenote, we need a Bryan Hill Taskmaster series.
The interaction between Erik and Bullseye is also interesting in that it level-sets Killmonger's abilities at this point in the story. We know that he eventually steels himself and beats T'Challa but he's clearly not there yet based on the outcome of this encounter. He is nearly killed multiple times during this fight. It will be interesting to see what takes Killmonger to the next level.
Another standout scene from the issue is a conversation between N'Jadaka (Erik) and the spirit of his mother. The scene is power in that it establishes that there is no satiating his rage and that peace with is enemies is not an option. It's a beautifully sad scene but firmly establishes how deeply rooted his hatred for T'Challa is.
The rest of the issue is also really good thanks to Bryan Hills script and Juan Ferreyra's linework. The art direction is great and I could easily see the comic adapted to screen and directed by Michael Mann. Special consideration should also be given to Eduardo Ferreyra and his work on colors. Even though most of the scenes in this comic are set at night or in dark spaces, the book never feels drab. The comic is lit perfectly especially the scenes with Bullseye.
There is also one particular scene in which Erik tells his love interest of Wakanda. The page is bright and vibrant and is one the single most beautiful page within the book. It gets more interesting the longer you look at it. I don't think Eduardo could color a bland page if he tried. I'd personally hang this piece on my wall If it was available for purchase without the word balloons.
Disney needs to greenlight a Killmonger prequel or Disney+ series. It would be a real shame to leave this material unadapted. I've never been a big fan of Black Panther. I even thought the movie was grossly overrated. Killmonger and the charisma of Michael B. Jordan carry that film. Erik Killmonger is firmly planted here and is strong enough to carry a series indefinitely without T'Challa. We need more villains centric stories as thoughtful as this one. Killmonger #3 was wonderful.