Posted on August 15, 2013 AT 06:45pm
It’s been almost two months since the story of Elle Peterssen has been spoken of here, but after a wait that felt like ages, she and the cast of her very strange story are back for more mystery, suspense and insanity. When we last left off in the story, Elle was doing a lot more with her astral projection ability, Eddie Jr., Miles and Frankie were pulling off their Hoodie conspiracy and the Fifth was becoming clearer and clearer. With this issue, there are even more surprises, and after this issue and the next two, according to creator Jim McCann, things are going to get so complicated that it will change this story completely.
Holy hell, this issue makes the issue #10 reveal of Hoodie seem like child’s play. The reveal here is so big, and so surprising that it’s beyond explanation, and it’s only one of two big reveals in this issue. This mystery story is doing exactly what it’s genre entails, and more. With as many subjects as there are in the world, and especially those explored in comics, the sheer ability to floor a reader with it’s reveals and suspense is something that makes this a very special book, and it looks to just be getting started. While worth it, the release schedule for this book has been a bit shaky, and that does make for difficulties in following along with the story, since it’s not always known if it’ll be weeks or months until a new issue is released.
Jim McCann shows off his backgrounds in television and theater with this book just about every time he can, and the art of misdirection that is used in all three of these mediums (comics included) is used in a masterful way here. A certain scene comes to mind, and readers who have followed the series up until this point will know exactly what that refers to. One scene can change an entire story if told correctly, and this story delivers, thanks to the brilliant long game of McCann’s writing.
The art team of Sami Basri and Jessica Kholinne do a terrific job as fill-in artist for the usual team of Rodin Esquejo and Arif Prianto. While there’s a little less of the traditional realism that the art team brings to this book, but even so, this is still one of the best looking comics today. The team does a good job in keeping things consistent, as aside from the aforementioned slip in realism, this book looks nearly identical to the usual style, which is a compliment to both art teams.
Summary:With a twisting story that is sure to surprise, the long game of this title makes it worthwhile each and every time. With gorgeous art and writing that shows off just how a mystery should be told, this is one of the most rewarding reads in comics at the moment. Now if only it could be released consistently, this would be an almost perfect book.
Pros:Gorgeous Art, Incredible Storytelling.
Cons: Inconsistent Release Schedule
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