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"Die #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics

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Written by Kieron Gillen
Illustrated by Stephanie Hans
Lettered by Clayton Cowles
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 3rd, 2019

Review:

How far would you be willing to go to get home? What would you do to see your family again? For Ash and the others trapped again in the world of Die, the answer may surprise you. This may be a fantasy world, but there are still people living lives here. It's where their old friend, Sol has been ruling for years. Are they ready to tear it all down to get back to their real lives?

Die #5 forces us to look at this group in a different light. Up until this point, they've been the victims of a manipulative man who has pulled them here against their will. Now they're practically terrorists. Think of that journey for a minute. Does that justify their actions? This creates such a weird feeling because we're invested in their lives and we want to see them escape, but does it warrant the death and destruction they've left behind?

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This issue also gives us a clearer look at how their various abilities work, calling on different magical forces and entities to accomplish their goal. Ash is at the center of this, pulling strings as the dictator. When she taps into her powers, her speech pattern changes. Letterer Clayton Cowles uses a lilting word balloon in black with a red outline. You can imagine how forceful, yet soothing this voice might be.

I am continually in awe of artist Stephanie Hans' work. She is an incredible artist, delivering quiet, personal moments of reflection for each character on one page, following by jaw-dropping action sequences on the next. She pulls out all the stops for Die #5 with all sorts of dragons and terror raining down from the sky.

The color really stands out in Die. It's a fantasy setting and you get that from the various shades used. These would not be at home in our world, but they're perfectly natural here. It's like we're seeing the book through a filter.

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The very first page is a flashback with a completely different look and feel. This is from the real world and you can see just how different the two settings are. This short sequence gives some great insight into Sol, the villain behind all this. It's a rather chilling look at a moment from his childhood. Writer Kieron Gillen peppers in these little pieces of exposition to shed some additional light on the characters to great effect.

Die #5 builds up to an incredible climax that really changes the game. I have absolutely no idea where the series will go next and that is an awesome feeling. I'm filled with anticipation as to what else is in store for us. The next issue cannot come soon enough.

Grades:

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About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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