Review: NO ROMANCE #4

No Romance #4 releases today! I’ve really been loving this series – for those who’ve read my previous reviews, that’s probably been pretty clear. Let’s get to it.

The issue feels shorter than the rest, but does a lot to set up the following (and final) issue of the series. The hinted romantic issues between Jon and Helena come into full display, Dave’s obliviousness toward his own relationship continues to escalate, and even Matt is having his own “crisis” of sorts.

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Villegas’ art is at its highest standard yet in #4, and Patrik Mock’s colors are outstanding, with McDougall really taking advantage of what he’s built so far in these characters – the comic for the first time dropping comedy and dealing entirely in the emotion and drama of characters we’re now comfortable and familiar with.

While the draw of the series may initially have been the bright and funny escapism, it’s a welcome detour in what is the most mature and engaging issue of the series. That said, it’s nowhere near gloom or  angsty; the book is very much the same as it has been in tone and heart – if you’re here for a good time you’ll very much be getting that.

With things brewing and ready to kick off, I’m excited to see where each of our three guys’ stories go from here…

Relationships are never easy. Just ask Matt, Dave and Jon. Join these three 30-something friends for a pint in the local pub as they recall their latest relationship triumphs and mishaps. Each one of them attempts to smoothly navigate their way through a relationship and hide the fact, that like most of us, they have no idea what they are doing.

NO ROMANCE will run for 5 issues, releasing bi-weekly from today on Comixology.

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