Sideways #6 Review

Written by Dan DiDio and  Justin Jordan
Pencils by Brett Booth, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Kenneth Rocafort
Inks by Carmine Di Giandomenico and Kenneth Rocafort
Colors by Dan Brown

An angsty young superhero, a mother trying to connect with her son, dark corporate corruption, a dash of cosmic adventure and a murder to wrap it all up, Yup this issue has it all. Sideways #6 has plenty of raw emotions to sink your teeth into throughout the pages of this book. The rage and angst during the mother and son shout fest, the fear and parental concern for her son after Derek’s mom learned her son’s secret, and the deep sorrow and regret a hero feels when they fail to answer the call.

The art team really stepped up to the plate here when it came to conveying those emotions, if Derek was mad, you could see the anger in his movements and actions. When Derek’s mom uncovers what her company is really up to, you could feel how shocked and panicked she was when you looked into her eyes.

The artwork that stood out the most to me are the pages within the inverse, seeing two huge cosmic beings going toe to toe in a fight surrounded by energy and planetary destruction was pretty awesome. I really liked that the backdrop to these scenes were very bright and vibrant and yet somehow the inverse still maintained a darker tone despite that. While Dan Brown’s artwork in this issue is top notch, issue 7 of the series is set to return series creator Kenneth Rocafort back to handle the artwork duties.

The character dialogue and inner monologue did seem pretty organic and helped moved the story along, although I do feel like it was too predictable at times which took away from some of the mystery that I enjoy trying to solve when reading comics. There’s an expression that goes “Never judge a book by its cover” but I’d say with this cover art, you could totally do that as it’s a great summary of what you can expect to see and read here. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but I do know that Kenneth Rocafort did a great job on the character detail on the cover art.

Ultimately my favorite part of the book is the solid artwork from Dan Brown, and I liked seeing Derek’s desire to learn more about the potential of his gift.

I felt like this issue does a good job at setting up a new mystery and motivation that will interest fans of the series and with the introduction of new powers and character growth on full display, we learned that there’s still a few more angles to see Sideways.

I give Sideways #6 Confessions a 6 out of 10

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