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"Exorsisters #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics

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Written by Ian Boothby
Illustrated by Gisele Lagace
Colored by Pete Pantazis
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 20th, 2019

Review:

Cate and Kate Harrow have found themselves in the midst of a major battle between good and evil. This is unlike anything they've faced before. We're taking OG bad guys here. You're thinking of Satan, aren't you? This thing pre-dates even Lucifer.

With the characters and their world established, it's pretty cool to see how Exorsisters branches out in this issue. The big bad is revealed and it's some serious stuff. We get a bit of an exposition dump as this preternatural evil is described, but it comes in such a way that is so interesting, you're just pulled in. Although this is a concept I haven't heard about before, writer Ian Boothby explains this in this “a-ha” manner that makes it seem like it's part of religious folklore as common as Noah's Ark.

Artist Gisele Lagace's style is a perfect fit for this. Her characters have an innocence to them that makes this crazy evil seem all the more harrowing. Despite what we've seen Cate and Kate deal with, this seems on a whole other level. We're introduced to this in a subtle manner that helps us fully comprehend the idea put forth.

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The big bad deals with shadow, essentially the polar opposite of the phrase “Let there be light.” Remember in Peter Pan when he loses his shadow and it's flying all over the place? Now imagine it convincing Pan to kill Wendy, John, and Michael and you're on the right track. Lagace instantly turns the shadow sinister by just giving it conniving eyes and a mischievous grin. This small detail is enough to send a shiver down your spine.

We get a glimpse of the raw power of this First Shadow in human form. Letterer Taylor Esposito uses grey word balloons with black font for this being's speech, which adds a dark tone to the whole scene. I don't imagine a monstrous voice emanating from this creature. It's more of something that would come right out of the shadows of a haunted house. It's not going to jump out and scare you. Instead, it's going to consume you whole.

This chat about the First Shadow happens in a scenic park with the sun shining overhead. It's an innocent location. Colorist Pete Pantazis creates a nice contrast to the haunting discussion. You'd think this would be something brought up in a shadowy alley or a dimly lit building. Instead, it's like any other day in this world. Somehow this makes it even more unsettling because this thing could come out of nowhere and destroy everything you know and love.

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Although we're dealing with some apocalypse-level evil, there's still a fair amount of humor mixed into Exorsisters. This helps provide some comic relief, so it's not all doom and gloom. Much of this comes from Kate, who is the less serious of the two. There's a great scene in the middle of all this discussion where she disappears for a moment to get a hot dog. It's such a quick turnaround that you have to wonder how she did that so fast.

Exorsisters grows by leaps and bounds in this issue, laying the groundwork for some major plot points. This isn't just an ancient evil that needs to be vanquished. It's personal to Cate and Kate. There are some nice twists and turns that keeps up the unpredictable nature of this comic. There's a Supernatural flair to it, which is certainly not a bad thing.

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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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