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"Imaginary Fiends #6" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vertigo

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Written by Tim Seeley
Illustrated by Stephen Molnar
Colored by Quinton Winter
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 25th, 2018

Review:

Every year kids go missing in Maiden Springs, Kentucky.  Melba Li and Special Agent Crockett go in to investigate, fearing these disappearances are linked to inter-dimensional monsters that feed on emotions like fear.  They are totally right, as a creature called Fraidy Cat has held the town in her clutches for years.  Now Melba has to put a stop to this before more kids fall victim to Fraidy Cat's schemes, but to do that, she has to come to grips with her past and all the violence it contains.  

I'm going to be honest and say that Imaginary Fiends lost me a little bit by the time this issue started, especially since the villain spends a big chunk of this chapter monologuing about everything.  It's not much of a mystery when someone literally sits down and explains it to you.  That being said, the series more than makes up for this with the revelations about Melba's past.  It completely reframes her and everything she's said and done since the book began.  It's a truly shocking moment.

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With this new information, I'm not sure how to feel about Melba.  She is atoning for her sins by working with the FBI to stop these monsters before they can hurt anyone else, but it doesn't change what she did.  Granted, she did spend a good amount of time behind bars in a mental institution, so perhaps that is enough.  

The flashback scenes are interspersed between the images of present day as Melba's personal monster, Polly Peachpit, forces her to remember.  One touch that I really like is how the corners of the panels featuring the past are rounded, like they're these cozy little snapshots.  Colorist Quinton Winter gives these a faded look too, like we're sifting through Melba's memories.  
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Imaginary Fiends builds to an impressive, climactic battle between Polly Peachpit and Fraidy Cat.  These two monsters are terrifying.  It's like watching Godzilla and Mothra go at it at a smaller scale.  Artist Stephen Molnar drew the hell out of these pages, creating some of the most vicious images the series has seen to date.  You just haven't lived until you've seen an oversized spider woman tear into a big, gnarly cat's guts.  

That's not the end though.  There's some closure for Melba and Crockett.  Although this is the end of Imaginary Fiends for now, the door is left wide open for the story to continue.  There was a lot of information to cover over the course of these six issues.  Writer Tim Seeley brings everything together by the end to tie it up nicely.  There's a ton of potential for where this could go next, so I do hope the creators get a chance to keep it going.

Grades:

Story: Fourstars Imaginary Fiends 6 Cover
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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourstars

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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