Letting The Tension Hang With Days Of Hate #9

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Xing is brought back in by Agent Freeman, and Amanda and Arvid wait to hear back from her. Freeman suspects that Xing is double-crossing him, and he tells her that her family has been detained and will soon be deported. Arvid learns that the same thing happened to his family. The operation seems to be falling apart.

Days of Hate #9 cover by Danijel Zezelj
Days of Hate #9 cover by Danijel Zezelj

Despite the dramatic revelations in Days of Hate #9, I struggle to say that this is an exciting or particularly compelling issue of the maxiseries. Days of Hate has had a history of drought issues, and this could be due to an intention for graphic novel-style reading of the whole series at once (I don’t know that it was intended for such reading, but it is a common practice).
Consequently, this issue, and a couple of others in this series, are left feeling a bit thin and uninteresting.
There is content here, but it’s all hypothetical. We know that Arvid and Xing’s families have been taken, but we don’t see it. Little happens before our eyes beyond conversations in dark rooms.
Admittedly, that is what much of this series has been, but the best issues have punctuated these conversations with large dramatic action. Days of Hate #9 doesn’t have anything quite like that.
Days of Hate #9 art by Danijel Zezelj, Jordie Bellaire and letterer Aditya Bidikar
Days of Hate #9 art by Danijel Zezelj, Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Aditya Bidikar

Danijel Zezelj’s artwork continues to be as powerful as the previous issues, though. The heavy shading, defined angles, and overall unnerving environment of Days of Hate drives home its allegory and builds an incredible atmosphere. Characters show expression in subtle ways that make them strike home and feel more organic. Jordie Bellaire’s grimy and toned-down color art adds even more to the atmospheric and impactful nature of the visuals and does wonders for the narrative.
Days of Hate #9 is an underwhelming installment of Ales Kot’s jarring political thriller. Little happens, even if the stakes are slowly raising again. It doesn’t grab the reader, but it isn’t a particularly bad read either. If you’ve been following Days of Hate since the beginning, it will still probably be a worthwhile read.
Days of Hate #9 comes to us from writer Ales Kot, artist Danijel Zezelj, color artist Jordie Bellaire, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and cover artist Danijel Zezelj.

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