Severed #4


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Severed #4


  • Words: Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft
  • Art: Attila Futaki
  • Inks: Bill Nelson
  • Story Title: "Stealing Home"
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2011

The eerie phonograph salesman unleashes hell.

The team of Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft truly turn up the suspense, shock, and heart-sinking dismay with their latest issue of Severed.  With Samantha's suspicions proving to be true, will she survive her encounter with the monstrous phonograph salesman, Fischer?

In issue #4, Snyder and Tuft aimed to test the strength of the naive Jack, and his incognito pal, Samantha.  With last issue’s uncomfortable dinner with Fischer behind them, Samantha attempts to track down the truth behind the wandering salesman.  Her investigation into the curious man only plants seeds of mistrust between her and Jack, who believes the elderly gentleman to merely be a friend to the pair.  The unavoidable argument between the two serves to only reinforce the pair’s commitment to each other, making the oncoming brutal surprise-attack all the more potent, emotional, and powerful. 

Severed  has proven to be the book that consistently unnerves readers with chest tightening suspense and the uneasy, tense feeling of waiting for the inevitable last shoe to drop, and this issue without a doubt contains the strongest example yet.  As Samantha arrives at a diner to meet Fischer’s supposed boss, she is greeted with a mysterious cylinder recording.  It is rare for text to illicit such a powerful response, but as the recording plays through, it is interrupted by her attacker, who screams “ME!”  The simple text conveyed an incredibly ominous and guttural roar, one that truly became audible within my own head.

Attila Futaki backs up Snyder and Tuft with some of the most loved images yet seen within the series.  The friendship turned budding romance between Jack and Sam is completely brought to life as they share their first kiss at the top of an incomplete skyscraper, with a gorgeous and colorful sunset in front of them.  Not to be upstaged, the almost silent sequence that follows Sam as she rides the train alone to the diner is not only beautiful, but is a fantastic visual reminder of the historical period Severed takes place in.

Both Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft continue to outdo themselves by making Severed all the more suspenseful and unsettling.  With some of the most tense moments yet, and some of Futaki’s best drawn scenes, Severed #4 leaves readers with little hope for the fiddle-playing Jack.

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