Image Comics Thieves Gallery #3


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    Thieves Gallery #3

    Hannah RoseMay

    Justin Mason

    Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

    Cover artist:
    Caspar Wijngaard

    Picture Comics


    Release date:

    Triona Farrell

For a franchise to thrive, it requires a lasting fanbase to enjoy its fruits of labor as creators continue to produce compelling storylines. But as a fandom grows too big, guardian fans with justified opinions and forks rear their heads, unchecked and unchallenged. Actress and writer Hannah Rose May explores that toxic side of fanbases when their attachment to fictional worlds begins to threaten their view of reality. With illustrations by Justin Mason, colors by Triona Farell and letters by Hasan Otsmane-Elhaou, Thieves Gallery Image Comics #3 tackles the bloody affairs the series has been building towards, delving deeper and deeper into darkness and madness.

Thieves Gallery #3 is set in Maisie Wade’s secluded mansion as Dodge leads Kyle and the gang to steal the original copy of the “Red Rogue Down” graphic novel. Unaware of the burglary, Maisie and her husband try to have a quiet date at an Italian restaurant. But their dinner is cut short by overzealous paparazzi who interfere in the couple’s privacy. Meanwhile, the burglars have already entered the house, cutting it off from the outside world. All that remains is to find the book before anyone notices its presence. Unfortunately, this is where their plan goes from bad to worse.

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Darkness is slowly descending on Thieves Gallery #3, slowly regaining strength as enraged fans enter the mansion. The first two issues showed the dissonance between Maisie’s claustrophobic situation and the outrage of Red Rogue fans. With the runway setting, writer Hannah Rose May lets her protagonist fly head-on through thunderstorms as the story takes its craziest and darkest turn. Frustration turns to rage, eventually bringing out the lowest human nature in the group of mere comic book fans, who, blinded by the rightness of their task, do horrible things that were unthinkable a few issues ago. Before the issue ends, a series of shocking twists await anyone who reads the book, subverting everyone’s expectations.

Justin Mason does an incredible job of bringing out the raw emotions of the characters, spreading an infectious energy that reaches the audience. The heavy ink helps give the book an eerie atmosphere, as long shadows fill every hallway and passageway as if a malevolent darkness has taken hold of the house. Mason frames each scene to draw the reader into the action. Colorist Triona Farrell adds flair to the footage, using muted tones to keep the graininess a constant variable throughout. During shocking moments, she splashes crimson all over the bottom to accentuate the morbidity on display.

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East Thieves Gallery #3 a dissection of the toxic fandom crowd? The answer is yes. And does it deconstruct the genre on which it is based? This answer is much more complicated. It is true that to understand a monster, you have to become a monster. To that end, the answer is yes, because the book has, for all intents and purposes, waded into superhero territory. After juggling tough subjects like mental health and mindless bigotry, Hannah May Rose slowly lets her protagonist embrace onscreen, like catharsis.


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