Dirt confronts his past and the dreaded Dr. Tomb. It’s an old West shootout, but Dirt’s psyche is the shooting range. Is he at fault for what happens to those he loves? Is his life worth them dying? Plus, a talking vulture.
ComicBook.comAbove Snakes has been such a delight—the apex of Sherman and Lewis' impressive collaborations thus far—that its penultimate chapter sneaks up on you; it's difficult to see this comic prepare to say goodbye. However, this chapter is every bit as engaging as what precedes it tying together threads from the first three issues into a portrait of Dirt's singular quest that's quite grim. His return to the start of this tragedy in Calvary at the church he and Dorothea were married at presents a surreal landscape filled with atrocities as if pulled from a Cormac McCarthy novel. What lies in that valley is harrowing and quickly alters the pacing and tone of this one-and-done Western adventure story into something much more immediate. No blows are held in a brutal reflection on the nature of revenge that also confronts the metaphors and mysticism surrounding Dirt's journey. Wherever Above Snakes ends, issue #4 promises a satisfying, if not pleasant, finale.