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"Sea of Sorrows #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by IDW Publishing


Written by Rich Douek
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Lettered by Justin Birch
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 12th, 2021


As rain beats down on the Vagabond, the crew fights for their lives. The Siren's song fills the air, turning man against man and unleashing carnage aboard the ship. Will anyone make it out of this trip alive?

Sea of Sorrows has been a slow burn for its run. This final chapter is where the creative team really lets loose. It's non-stop action and chaos as these folks tear each other apart. Meanwhile, the Siren serenades them with its eerie song, creating a frightening soundtrack to all this bloodshed.

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Up until this point, this creature was like a creepy mermaid, certainly something strange and unsettling, but probably manageable. Artist Alex Cormack changes that feeling entirely with a single image. My jaw hit the floor when I saw this thing. There are so many teeth! And none of them are in the places teeth usually go!

The rain coming down creates a kind of haze over Sea of Sorrows #5, further blurring the vision of the crew members as they tear each other apart. This creates an almost black-and-white look that is quickly stained red from all the blood. It's a perfect tone.

Even the Siren's song is tainted by this. Letterer Justin Birch shows the notes floating across the page. At one point, we see them going in one man's ear in yellow and coming out the other side of his head in red. This is a brilliant effect that shows the effect the song has on people.

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As great as this closer is, Sea of Sorrows falls a little short on the character development side of things. I wasn't very invested in any of them and I have some trouble differentiating between them. This could be partially attributed to the delays in the book's release and the added space between issues as writer Rich Douek seeded in some backstory about the war and the trauma it left some of these folk with. I'm sure this will flow better when the series is eventually collected in a trade paperback.

Sea of Sorrows is a moody, unsettling read. It's a fantastic monster story full of dread. This is a reminder that terror lurks in the depths of the ocean and some treasures are best left buried.


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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

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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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