ACCELL #3 | Writer: Joe Casey | Artist: Damion Scott | Colorist: Sigmund Torress | Release Date: August 9, 2017
Accell #3 continues with Daniel still trying to figure out himself the desert. In our last issue, he went on something of a spiritual trip with an old man at a campfire, and the faster he ran, the stranger things became. He doesn’t understand it but he knows that despite all else, he wants to try. In either case, the spirit beast that was thought to be made of sand has followed him into this heightened reality, or speed vortex. I’m not sure how to describe it yet, but that’s fine, because neither does Daniel. He just wants to outrun it.
The issue starts with Daniel in an inside out reality surrounded by what looks like atoms. I enjoy this because it leads us to believe that he’s moving so fast that he’s able to perceive reality on an incomprehensible level, that is allowing him to see the building blocks of the universe… even if he doesn’t realize that that is what he’s seeing. With guidance from the old man, he takes hold of “Old ‘Dags” hairs and rips three off as instructed. With them, back in the- we’ll call it corporeal world, he’s able to take “Old ‘Dag” out.
Of course, it’s at this time that the old man is dying and Daniel finds himself racing him back to the city to get to a hospital. Unfortunately, he dies anyways. After this, he tries to get on with his life. Now, the thing that takes me out of the story is that for the past few issues he’s dealing with Old Dag and the old man, but- and I know it’s a comic- it all feels somehow surreal. Given the psychedelic speed traveling and all that, maybe it’s supposed to, but the whole direction seems very much of kilter. When the story started in Accell #1 I felt like I was getting to know Daniel. In Accell #2 I thought I was going to learn about his powers. In Accell #3 I’m completely at a loss for what any of the things that happened means.
This isn’t to say that it’s not enjoyable, but without a point and a hook to keep me interested, I’m not as excited as when the book started. I don’t see a road in front of me or how anything connects back to anything else. Perhaps it feels like an arc that should’ve waited until later? I’m just really confused by what called him out to the middle of the desert. It seems like there is something else there, but I’m missing some cohesion. In any case, I’m hoping for more characterization going forward. I still enjoy the book am curious about what is to come.
The art is excellent. I feel like it fits the theme of speed, and the otherworldly scenes and the colors used in them really fit the feel of going into another dimension or realm of reality. I really enjoy it. I’m looking forward to where Accell #4 takes us, because to be honest, I have no idea what to expect!