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"Fearscape #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics

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Written by Ryan O'Sullivan
Illustrated by Andrea Mutti
Colored by Vladimir Popov
Lettered by Andworld Design
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 24th, 2019

Review:

Henry Henry has twisted and manipulated his way into a position of power and he's willing to do anything to hold onto it. Does that mean hurting an innocent baby? Well, maybe that's where the line is drawn. In any case, he's been revealed for the fraud he is and now he's grasping at straws to try to salvage some level of decency, but it's too little, too late. Just when you think everything's going to click into place, something amazing and unpredictable happens that really does change everything.

Here's the thing about Fearscape. Writer Ryan O'Sullivan has spent the past four issues and most of this one putting Henry Henry into a position that rivals the best villains of the comic book medium. Actually, scratch that. I loathe Henry Henry. You know Joffrey in Game of Thrones? I hate this guy more than that punk kid. Everything about this man is despicable.

One of the worst qualities of this character is how he cannot see his own mistakes. He manipulates words around to show him in a sympathetic light, even when he's clearly the one in the wrong. Fearscape #5 has a great example of this where we see one event play out and then he retells it from a very different and completely false perspective. It's fake news in the truest sense.

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Letterer Andworld Design fills the page with Henry Henry's bloated internal narration. Under any other circumstances, this would look bulky and overwhelming, but it works so well here as this only reinforces the character and how he loves to hear himself talk.

The miraculous thing about all this is that there's a twist in this issue that is a total game-changer. It takes this character that I cannot stand and somehow, some way puts him in a sympathetic light. This shouldn't be possible. It's absolutely shocking. It doesn't excuse Henry Henry's actions, but it does explain how he went down this path.

This also forces you to look at the entire series with a new set of eyes. This is the kind of plot point that will make you want to go back and read everything all over again now that you have this newfound perspective. I am in awe of this.

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As if this wasn't enough, artist Andrea Mutti ups his game to coincide with this jaw-dropping story. The fantasy elements of Fearscape are just as impressive as always, made even more so by Henry Henry's startling transformation. Mutti brings the monster within to the surface in this ever-moving and painful appearance... then he sucks the wind right out of the scene with a single image.

Colorist Vladimir Popov differentiates this small shot and those that follow it with a unique color palette. They look a little faded, like we're pulling from Henry Henry's own memories or snapshots from his youth. On their own, they could appear as simple, peaceful images, but with some added context, they become so very chilling. These quaint shots are some of the most horrifying pictures in the entire comic.

Fearscape is next level storytelling. It's easily one of the best comics of the year and this issue just seals the deal. I am simultaneously overjoyed and angered by the twists and turns the book has taken. It's definitely an unexpected journey that will keep you guessing until the very end. Buy this book with confidence.

Grades:

Story: Fivestars Fearscape 5 Small
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Overall: Fivestars

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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