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Stillwater #16

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Based on 4 critic ratings.

The secret of the curse revealed!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Stillwater #16 is a flashback issue done right, taking the opportunity to reveal the origin of the towns immortality and shifting the books sensibilities to match the time. Zdarskys script and narration from Clara channel the tone of letters from the Civil War, capturing a longing and sense of tragedy for the loss of sons. On the arts side, Prezs linework pulls back the grotesque to play in a more subtle style that speaks to Claras tragedy. Those elements are reinforced by Spicers muted palette and Wootons lettering choices for the narrations, creating a new aesthetic for the issue that feels both in line and innovative for the title.

  • 100


    ‘Stillwater’ expands the horror and human experience explorations of this series through the use of a perfectly constructed flashback issue, capturing the energy and tone of the Civil War era it taps into. A powerful tragedy wrapped up in stunning tangible visuals that allow us to stand beside the point of view character and feel her pain. Truly a powerful encapsulation of the energy that makes this title so unique and intriguing.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The deep dive into the past of Stillwater fills in a lot of information about the town, its characters and the history of violence that seems to permeate it and it’s great. I love the personal story and how Zdarsky centers this issue on Clara and her struggles. There are some dramatic elements throughout the issue and I love how this story deepens the mystery of the series.

    The Art: Ramon K. Perez delivers dazzling art throughout the issue and there are some great character moments that are brought to life as well as awesome and thrilling supernatural imagery that is visually engaging.

  • 80

    Stillwater #16 provides the town’s origin and it’s as satisfying of a lore as readers might have imagined. Previously assumed supernatural elements are given a specific form and tied into the history of the town and, by its nature, the United States itself. It’s a clear choice of era with archetypes that provide explanatory power for the series’ essential questions. All of this unfolds in a mix of narration and flashback sequences, which showcase Perez’s keen ability to transport readers with effective observation of details making captioned years functionally unnecessary. While Stillwater #16 provides readers with an aside to the series’ climactic arc, it also frames that story and the series as a whole splendidly. Two issues remain and they arrive with more promise than before in the wake of these revelations.

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About the Author: Chip Zdarsky

In the ever-evolving landscape of comic books, Chip Zdarsky emerges as a figure of immense creativity and versatility. Known for infusing his narratives with both humor and emotional depth, Zdarsky has charted a course through the comic book universe that is as diverse as it is compelling. From the groundbreaking humor of “Sex Criminals” to the gritty streets of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” his journey is a testament to a talent that refuses to be pigeonholed.

The man behind the pseudonym, Steve Murray, became a household name with “Sex Criminals,” co-created with Matt Fraction. This series broke new ground with its audacious blend of comedy, romance, and the supernatural. It was here that Zdarsky’s knack for balancing wit with genuine storytelling first shone, earning the series critical acclaim and a dedicated following.

Zdarsky’s portfolio, however, spans a broad spectrum. His unique voice has breathed new life into “Howard the Duck,” where he explored themes of identity and belonging, and his run on Marvel’s “Daredevil” has been celebrated for its moral complexity and rich character development. But Zdarsky’s talents are not limited to writing. As an artist, he has lent his distinct visual style to numerous projects, enhancing his narratives with expressive artistry and dynamic visuals.

In recent years, Zdarsky has ventured into the shadowy alleys of Gotham City, bringing his distinctive flair to the world of Batman. His work on Batman titles has quickly garnered attention for its fresh take on the Dark Knight, blending the character’s traditional brooding intensity with new layers of psychological depth. Through stories that delve into Batman’s complex psyche and the morally ambiguous landscape of Gotham, Zdarsky adds to the rich tapestry of Batman lore, proving yet again his ability to navigate and innovate within established universes.

Beyond his impressive body of work, Zdarsky’s engagement with the comic book community — through social media, conventions, and insightful industry commentary — has made him a beloved figure among fans and fellow creators. His contributions have not only earned him awards and nominations but have also solidified his role as a pivotal voice in contemporary comics.

As Chip Zdarsky continues to explore the darker corners of Gotham City, his journey exemplifies the power of storytelling in comic books — where humor meets heroism, and the human condition is explored in the flicker of a bat signal against the night sky. For those drawn to the art of comics, Zdarsky’s work offers a masterclass in creativity, inviting readers into worlds both wildly imaginative and intensely real.

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