If you read my review of issue #2 you know last issue was one of the scariest comics I have ever read. There was something about the Trader that gave me chills right down to the bone. It is that subtle creepiness of the far away familiar voice calling out to first make you drop your guard and then convince you that dying is a good choice. It is the feeling of no control the Trader creates which gets to me. It isn’t everyday you read a comic that makes you realize your worst fear and mine was realized in the Trader.
As good as issue #2 was, issue #3 is even better. It begins with a battle between Pearl and a creature created by the Trader. This battle is illustrated like only Albuquerque can. It is extremely terrifying and full of action. It becomes very clear that the only option for Pearl is to run. She does not get very far before the monster catches up and gets Pearl into a very tough spot. This cues the return of Skinner Sweet as well as another terrifying panel. I thought the Trader panel from last issue where he swallows the old man was the scariest thing I have seen. Well you can strike that and add the panel from this issue where May who is slowly making the transition back to human gets strangled by a tongue coming out of her own body. It sounds a little wild if you have not read the issue, but if you have read the issue I am sure you felt that uneasy feeling I felt while reading this page.
The Trader makes another appearance at the end of the issue which is just the creepy cherry on top. This issue has everything I could want in a horror comic. In just 3 issues this comic has shot into my top 10 and knocking at the door of my top 5 which is already occupied by two other Snyder titles in Batman and The Wake. Snyder is on top of the game right now and it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon. If you have not jumped onto this series you need to do that now, especially if you like horror comics. The Trader is easily the scariest character in current comics.