The Cull #3 Review: Teen Powers Activate

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In Image Comics The Cull #3, written by Kelly Thompson with art by Mattia de Iulis, our dimension lost teens get powers. It’s also one of our favorite books on the stands right now.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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The Cull #3 Review:

In the third issue of this five-issue long miniseries, things take a wild, superpowered twist. We’ve been following a group of teens who stumbled across a strange, mysterious new world looking for one of their brothers. Only now they’ve encountered a talking panda who has given them powers… And things get worse from there.

Host Alex Zalben stated, “This is 100% one of my favorite books on the stands right now. Not just in terms of Kelly Thompson’s plotting, but also the art is epic.”

Trying to describe De Iulis’ style Zalben explained that the art feels “almost 3-D in a way, like these characters are popping off the backgrounds… They’re so well drawn, these teens… [And] the creatures are stunning to look at.”

Pete LePage agreed, noting Iulis’ use of shading and depth are “unbelievable.” On the writing, he added, “Kelly Thompson is killing it, as usual.”

Zalben continued that – spoilers – the last page reveal which looped back to the massive monster attack in the first issue was, “batshit insane… Oh my god, so many big moves going on every single issue here as we dig further into this wild world.”

The Cull #3 Official Synopsis:

Well, it wasn’t sentient mushrooms. Was it better or worse than that? You decide. Also? RUN.

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