As this issue begins, with some flashbacks to the big battle ending the Templar, Glass also establishes the relationship between Cassuis and Karic. It’s a dysfunctional mentor and student relationship. Karic thinks Cassius hates him and Cassius hates Karic.
There are some more flashbacks, with Cassius remembering, and Glass vaguely hinting the arc’s direction. But the cliffhanger does not suggest it’ll be going in those directions anytime soon; Glass is going on a more introspective journey. Throughout the course of the issue, the relationship between Cassius and Karic changes almost entirely. Glass does a whole bunch of character work on Cassius, usually very subtlety through the narrated flashbacks.
Karic’s character development is a little different, probably because Glass has given him not just the bad guys of the issue as adversaries, but also his mentor.
Santos’s art is gory and good.
The excellent finale makes up for the exposition drags.
The Haunted Wood; writer, Bryan J.L. Glass; artists, Michael Avon Oeming and Victor Santos; colorist, Veronica Gandini; letterer, James H. Glass; editor, Judy Glass; publisher, Image Comics.