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Killmonger #4 Review - You Can't Outrun Your Destiny

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

Bryan Edward Hill (Author) • Juan Ferreyra (Pencils-Cover)

• Eduardo Ferreyra (Colorist) • Marvel (Publisher)

Killmonger #4 is a watershed moment for this character and marks one of the saddest villain origin stories I've ever read. Comparatively, the only project I can think of recently that comes close would be Todd Philips and Joaquin Phoenix's take on Joker.

It's almost as if Erik is destined to become the villain. By the end of the issue, the character's path is pretty much confirmed. Erik Killmonger is portrayed in his calmest state since the start of the series. He's still not a good guy but you can clearly see the fork in the road for the character.

The book centers around Erik and Knight as they confront King. Erick wants to figure out an escape plan for them all but Knight doesn't see reasoning with King as an option. Things go about as well as can be expected for a group of mercenaries and then the situation gets tragic.

Erick Killmonger is a heartbreaking character. He has all of the tools needed to be the hero but it is almost as if his path to the light is blocked. I found King to be very interesting here. He reappears in this issue with a wife and that complicates things further. His rapport with Erik is one of the strongest throughlines of the series and it factors into the story as we see Erik's loyalty tested.

The art is a lot more subdued in this issue mainly because we're confined to a snow-covered landscape. It still looks great and looking at the series overall there has been a ton of variety. I appreciate the varied landscapes, action sequences and the grounded nature of the series. None of that would be possible without Juan Ferreyra. Knight is a mutant with enhanced strength. Her powers aren't the flashiest but compared to Erik she may as well be The Hulk. Killmonger is crafty and skilled but he's outclassed in nearly every encounter we've seen during this run. His drive, determination, and thirst for revenge are what levels the playing field.

Killmonger #4 is a great read and one of the best villain origin issues I've encountered in recent memory.

Rating 9.5/10

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