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"Infinite Dark #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics / Top Cow Productions

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Written by Ryan Cady
Illustrated by Andrea Mutti
Colored by K. Michael Russell
Lettered by Troy Peteri
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 10th, 2019

Review:

Deva Karrell looked into the abyss and something looked back. In a daring move to save the space station Orpheus along with what's left of mankind, she confronted the mysterious Entity and presumably died. She wakes up from a coma after a few weeks, onboard the Orpheus again and full of questions. How did she get here? What happened while she was out? And can anyone else see that creepy stuff that's following her around?

Infinite Dark was already a creepy space thriller. As it enters its second arc, it grows by leaps and bounds, showing that it's full of possibilities and all of them are just as unsettling as ever. The Orpheus has changed a bit while Deva was out, which makes for an alarming wake up for her. The Board of Directors has been shaken up and they're using some questionable tactics to keep the public calm, mostly by not giving them any detail as to what's going on. This has created a fascist-like rule that has made the Orpheus a powder keg.

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One of the most alarming aspects of Infinite Dark is what has happened to the space station itself. In an effort to cut off an infected part of the ship and save everyone, Deva initiates the Honeybee Protocol, which leaves the ship with an outer mirror effect, surrounding the Orpheus in a reflective, tangible pseudoreality field. Picture a huge mirror that you can't see through. Now remember that this big ship is flying through space and they can't see where they're going.

There's a lot to take in with all this. There are some pretty heady concepts and a ton to explain. Letterer Troy Peteri delivers all of this information without overpowering the panels with tons and tons of text. The word balloons are positioned in such a way as to guide us through the story without taking over the artwork.

Deva is still dealing with the trauma from her encounter with the Entity. Artist Andrea Mutti creates a claustrophobic tone for her scenes as shadows loom around her like claws. The fact that she's in a big tin can hurtling through space only adds to this. You get the feeling that something is watching Deva, forcing her to constantly look over her shoulder. You can see this in her eyes.

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In trying to make some sense of this, Deva gets into a mind-meld of sorts, using some VR programs with another person. What follows is an interesting journey through her own head as she searches for answers. Colorist K. Michael Russell brings this alive in a fiery fashion, making these scenes stand out from the rest of the cold, metallic tone. There are bright yellows, oranges, and reds here as Deva digs deeper and deeper.

I keep getting a Dead Space vibe when I think about Infinite Dark. That's definitely not a bad thing, as that is an incredible survival thriller set in space. This is a bit more cerebral but no less terrifying. Writer Ryan Cady has introduced some pretty awesome concepts that challenge the way we look at space and the monsters we might find there.

Grades:

Story: Fourstars Infinite Dark 5 Small
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Art: Fourstars
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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