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"Faithless #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by BOOM! Studios

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Written by Brian Azzarello
Illustrated by Maria Llovet
Lettered by AndWorld Design
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 21st, 2019

Review:

Faith has fallen to the dark side. She just doesn't realize it yet. She's mourning the loss of two friends in horrific and unexplained murders while her pseudo-girlfriend Poppy tries to console her from afar. Meanwhile, Poppy's father (who Faith has recently slept with) struggles to understand all this emotion. Needless to say, things are a little complicated. They get even more so when a crazy old woman starts yelling at Faith in the park.

There's an unmistakable disturbing quality to Faithless. It runs through every page and every panel. This poor girl has been engulfed in evil, yet she's still trying to rationalize everything. She doesn't understand the danger she's in or how far this goes. Granted, she's not entirely innocent in all of this either, but she's painted in a sympathetic light. You feel for her and the untold terrors that await.

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Faithless #5 continues its steady build of tension. Writer Brian Azzarello keeps adding more and more pressure to the story. I'm sure there are parallels one could make between this pacing and a sexual encounter.

This tension leads to some of the most startling moments in the book. You know that something is coming, so you're constantly on the lookout, jumping at anything unnatural. When something frightening happens, it's amplified a thousandfold. For example, the aforementioned crazy woman in the park is visited by hundreds of rats in an unsettling scene. We don't see the aftermath, but we do see an alarming and claustrophobic sequence.

Artist Maria Llovet brings this to life in the creepiest way imaginable. You will really feel like all these rodents are surrounding you as you read it. The sound of these creatures is all-encompassing. Their squeals spread across the page in such a way that you can't concentrate on anything else. It's overwhelming.

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When the woman breaks into Latin, her tone changes. Letterer AndWorld Design shifts into an italic font to differentiate this from her regular speech. It adds an eerie tone to her words.

Faithless is definitely one of the most disturbing comics on the stands today. You can't escape its foreboding nature. Since we're five issues in, I was hoping to be a bit farther along in the story or have a clearer understanding as to what exactly Faith is getting herself into. The tone is nice, but I would like some answers sooner or later.

Grades:

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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Threeandahalfstars

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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