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"I Walk With Monsters #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics

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Written by Paul Cornell
Illustrated by Sally Cantirino
Colored by Dearbhla Kelly
Lettered by Andworld Design
2021, 32 pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 21st, 2021

Review:

After years of hunting, Jacey comes face-to-face with the Important Man, this monster that took away her brother...and she hesitates. She can't pull the trigger. Because of her brash actions, David isn't there to bail her out, so she does the only she can do: She runs. Now that the Important Man (aka an up-and-coming politician) knows she's looking for him, what does he have in store for her?

I Walk With Monsters #5 is the penultimate chapter of this riveting series. Writer Paul Cornell takes us back to the early days of Jacey and David's partnership. These two lost souls found each other and their separate pains helped keep each other in check. Just because David is older doesn't mean that he knows best or even knows what to do.

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Some of this is touched upon in previous issues, however this one digs deeper into the early days of this arrangement. David tried to keep Jacey out of trouble and away from the path of vengeance, but she kept veering into it. Once she turned eighteen, there was little David could do to keep her from turning into that skid.

Colorist Dearbhla Kelly differentiates these flashbacks with a lighter, somewhat faded color palette. This contrasts well with the present-day scenes that have a lush tone full of life despite the horrifying elements they deal with. Emotion dictates the mood of the scene. For example, towards the end of the issue, we come back to the present and Jacey is angry, holding up a knife. The background is shaded in red. That shows on her face too with flush cheeks. It's a very violent image.

Each segment of I Walk With Monsters #5 has a unique look and feel to it. The opening pages featuring the showdown between Jacey and the Important Man are tense and unsettling. The colors have a dreary tone to them, creating a dark atmosphere. Artist Sally Cantirino makes the villain appear ten feet tall compared to Jacey. He towers over this young woman, making her feel like an ant he's about to squash with his foot. Considering the trauma he's already unleashed upon her, this is a perfect visual representation of what that confrontation must feel like.

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The flashbacks highlight the evolution of Jacey and David over the years. Although Jacey's appearance changes as she gets older, the drive for vengeance still holds strong. That's a constant in her life. Letterer AndWorld Design keeps this dialogue moving briskly, despite its deep undertones. It's hard to work in quips when you're talking about murdering people, even if they are child predators. The dialogue has weight to it while highlighting the relationship between Jacey and David. It's built not on love, but on a connection of two traumatized and broken individuals.

While I Walk With Monsters #5 retreads on some concepts, it still stands strong as a powerhouse of emotion. David is a literal monster, but he's not the scary part of this book. The real monsters are the human beings capable of committing these horrifying acts while clawing at power to do it more and more. It makes me excited to see how this series will wrap up so Jacey can get her revenge and David can really sink his teeth into something.

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Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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