The Dregs #4

The Dregs #4

Writer: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson Artist: Eric Zawadzki Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: June 28, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 10
9.8Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

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An archetype lost in architecture. This is how the story ends whether you like it or not.

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 21, 2017

    At times, this series has been a difficult read. In no part is this an indictment on any of the creative team. It's just that the superhero fan in me, expects good to always triumph over evil. Whilst this is obviously an unrealistic viewpoint, a large part of me wanted a happier ending for Arnold. Still, as in life, the best that you can expect is to have to make a decision tempered with the hope that you make the right one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jun 23, 2017

    The Dregs is gripping, powerful and through-provoking stuff, and as Ive been saying since the very first issue is my runaway pick for the best comic of 2017. Lets just say that its going to take something truly special in the next six months to knock The Dregs off its perch. Hats off to everyone involved in helping to bring this series to life, and I can only hope that it reaches the level of audience that it clearly deserves. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Jun 26, 2017

    The Dregs is as smart and as nuanced as comic book storytelling gets Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Jun 28, 2017

    The Dregs is easily the best book of the year. I know I've said that a few times now. But seriously. All things considered, from start to finish, I can't imagine anything being better than The Dregs. One of my favorite things about reviewing is finding new books, connecting with creators and other fans, over-thinking things long after I finished reading. And this is a book that's going to stay with me for a long time. I know. This is one of those stories you return to frequently, where you pick up new things each time, see things differently. I can tell. Because there's no way you can get it all with one read-through. So please, please, please do yourself a favor and read this fucking book already. You won't regret it. Trust me. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jun 28, 2017

    'The Dregs' is a powerful story steeped in social commentary that seamlessly exists within a compelling mystery. Nadler and Thompson have produced a clever concoction of fear, anxiety, hope, compulsion, sympathy, horror, anger, and ultimately, futility. It has more going on emotionally than ten comics combined. And it all blends to make one of the best comics of the year. A thoughtful and engaging story that stays with you even after the final page. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Jul 1, 2017

    The Dregs is a powerhouse of a comic, stretching the boundaries of the medium.  It delivers a riveting story, unbelievable artwork, and a premise that is just close enough to reality to be absolutely terrifying.  That's the real kicker about the book.  You can see something like this happening.  It's not that far off.  Plus, it's set in Canada!  Just imagine if it was in the US! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Shaun Barbour Jul 1, 2017

    Pick up the series and sink your teeth into this grisly tale for which, once you start it, there is no turning back. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Jul 3, 2017

    A visually breathtaking tour-de-force that provides an almost flawless conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Ell Falcetti Jun 30, 2017

    The Dregs #4 is a smart, wicked, dark, hopeful, bloody, furious, angry, hurt howl. These days a lot of people are howling for a lot of reasons. Some of them howl at their loss of privilege. Some of them howl at their loss of freedom. The Dregs is a howl for the latter. Don't let it get lost in the din. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ZodTee Jun 29, 2017

    Blew me away.

  • 10
    ComicRelief Jun 29, 2017

    The best series out there that nobody is talking about. Just WOW!

  • 10
    Spock's Brain Jul 20, 2017

    This is a great conclusion to what has been a surprisingly great series. There is no clean resolution for Arnold, there are no fixes, but, in a series as complex as this, a "happy" ending would be trite and out-of-character. After reading it I thought, how could it end in any other way? One of the best series of the year.

  • 10
    endangered Jul 24, 2017

    There’s something mildly offensive about The Dregs. I found those sweeping platitudes annoying. And there’s Masonic themes that are a bit too…well, obvious. Of course, people love to join the dots; plot more than two points and someone is gonna draw a damn triangle! ‘The city will show you the way’, but ultimately, we end up walking listlessly in circles. I guess those endless tower blocks are just one big tessellation threatening to fall off a cliff or collapse in on itself. It’s suffocating. Oddly, whenever I see one of these new shiny developments in real life I have a sudden anxiety attack about whether the plumbing will cope and if their windows actually open? I can’t say anything about the drugs, but when I look back to my brief stint sleeping rough, The Dregs is bang on. When you’re numb to your toes with cold, hungry and dishevelled, the city and its people do reveal itself to you in a new light. The senses sharpen and survival mode forces you to learn quickly. I don’t love The Dregs, but it probably gave me an ulcer and a rash. WARNING: Should come with a steroid lotion.

  • 9.0
    ZeldySioux Jul 15, 2017

    With the premise of gentrification turning cannibalistic I was easily sold on picking up the 1st issue. Being a guro fan I had expected there to be more focus on horror and cannibalism, like we saw in the first few pages. Instead the story explored the more real every day horrors of poverty stricken communities, and their erasure by higher classes. At first I felt it was just playing out cliche tropes of addict homeless man, the world sucks, rich men suck, which are all valid, but the character of Arnold developed really well. The noir lady ghosting through the story was a nice touch too. I'd say it was successful for the direction it took. I enjoyed that the delusional Arnold's goals and reasoning were more clear to me than those of the cannibalistic normies. At first I was a bit frustrated with the way the last scene in La Mancha went down with not really giving much reason for the whole we eat the homeless now thing, but reading through again I realized it makes sense with the characters and themes. This last issue was the listo laced cherry on top of the Manny meat cake we've all been craving!

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    DavidTC Jun 28, 2017

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    Sayrus Jun 29, 2017

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    Phil B. Jul 5, 2017

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