Waves And Consequences In Life Is Strange #11

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Max dreams of the Chloe Price from her home reality and she awakens to learn that Tristan may have just found that Chloe. Max rushes to Tristan, leaving the Chloe of this reality feeling abandoned. Meanwhile, Rachel practices becoming Ophelia for a production of Hamlet, and she has some trouble with a flirtatious Hamlet actor. Chloe is back at the mechanic garage and is approached by one of the High Seas with tour dates for the band. At the beach, Max and Tristan are willing to do anything to reunite Max with the Chloe of her home reality…to the detriment of both Tristan and the Chloe of this reality.

Life is Strange #11 cover by Claudia Leonardi
Life is Strange #11 cover by Claudia Leonardi

Life is Strange #11 finds Max longing for her home reality and the good and bad that awaits her. She knows that she left a huge mess due to the Storm, and she knows that she must confront the consequences of her actions. She also misses her Chloe.
However, she’s also built a life for herself and the Chloe, Rachel, and Tristan of this reality. In a way, she will be destroying all of that to go back to what she left…and that destruction may turn out to be literal.
“Actions have consequences” is something of a theme for both Life is Strange and adventure games in its subgenre. Life is Strange #11 reconnects with that theme in a beautifully sad manner. No matter what Max does, there will be waves and consequences.
That theme is broad and seemingly obvious, but Life is Strange has always been good at showing how this plays out in an interpersonal manner. Emma Vieceli does so excellently in this issue.
Life is Strange #11 art by Claudia Leonardi and Andrea Izzo with letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Jimmy Betancourt
Life is Strange #11 art by Claudia Leonardi and Andrea Izzo with letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt

Claudia Leonardi continues to be an excellent artist perfectly fitted to the tone, atmosphere, and visual style of Life is Strange. The visual expression and anguish of our characters is downright visceral in this issue. Andrea Izzo’s color work vibrantly pops off every page.
Life is Strange #11 is an especially poignant and emotional issue for the series. Max nears her home reality, and we watch how that affects and even damages the one she’s living in now. It’s a damn good comic and earns a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.
Life is Strange #11 comes to us from writer Emma Vieceli, artist and cover artist Claudia Leonardi, color artist Andrea Izzo, letterer Richard Starkings with Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt, and variant cover artist Will Offer.
Final Score: 8.5/10

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