A focus on character development with some deep philosophical underpinnings shape Imperium #3. Is it good?
Joshua Dysart continues with a very similar storytelling concept, focusing on character development and interactions with each other to give them personality and flesh out who they are, while slowly building to an action-packed climax. He does an excellent job of building up Sunlight on Snow and Toyo Harada. Dysart bounces them off each other to provide contrast, but also separates them to further focus on certain aspects of their character. He does an excellent job of switching between Harada and Sunlight on Snow; he lets you in on just enough for you to want to learn more and then switches to the other character who happens to be just as fascinating but in a polar opposite way.
The development of Sunlight on Snow’s character is especially intriguing since Dysart uses another non-human to parallel Sunlight on Snow’s own origins. It turns a metallic, multi-eyed artificial intelligence into a caring, sympathetic and even tragic figure. You want to give him a hug and be his friend. On the other hand, Harada is emotionless, ruthless. He cares only for his designs on the world which makes him razor-focused and intimidating.
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