[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The Spearpoint workers are getting restless. After the disappearance of the shift leader, the factory workers fear for the future of their jobs. Caleb continues his search for the Spearpoint lab, fearing that the dark templar will continue the bloodshed. He finds it at last, but he also seizes an opportunity to anonymously alert Spearpoint security about the dark templar. Rumors have spread that the Shadowguard have arrived at Spearpoint, and Caleb hopes they can stop the dark templar for good.
Starcraft Survivors #3 finds a young man in a desperate situation, torn between his own self-preservation and the safety of his coworkers and the organization for whom he works.
It’s a tense read, and the comic does a good job of building up from the practical repercussions of Caleb’s cooperation with the dark templar up to the mortal and bloody consequences. You see things go from simply “off” and unusual to outright chaotic and horrible.
Despite the detabale selfishness of Caleb’s actions, it’s hard not to feel some sympathy for the character. He doesn’t want to die, and he doesn’t know for sure that he can’t mitigate the dark templar’s bloodlust or even stop it with some help.
The comic’s finale brings it all home in an utter bloodbath that Caleb must navigate and only hope that the dark templar doesn’t simply turn on him next. It’s compelling as hell and keeps you on edge.
Gabriel Guzman’s artwork brings this plot to life in brilliant and harsh detail. The world is fleshed out near-perfectly, and each detail makes the danger all the more unnerving. The dark templar and the Shadowguard each look especially cool. Michael Atiyeh’s color work keeps the atmosphere colorful yet tense.
Starcraft Survivors #3 is an intense and engaging read that finds our young protagonist enabling an atrocity while trying to find a way to stop it and stay alive. It’s a damn fine read with excellent artwork, and it earns a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.
Starcraft Survivors #3 comes to us from writer Jody Houser, artist and cover artist Gabriel Guzman, color artist Michael Atiyeh, and letterer Steve Dutro.
Final Score: 8.5/10