Friday, July 20, 2018

Infidel #5 Review

A Sense of an E 

Written by: Pornsak Pichetshote
Art by: Aaron Campbell
Colors: Jose Villarrubia
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 18 July 2018

Infidel has been a notable series in a number of ways. I thought that the early issues were very clever in terms of how they dealt with issues such as race and culture.  I thought it played quite cleverly with character motivations. Likewise, I thought that the book had some truly frightening moments and a lot of terrifying artwork. Will this concluding installment round of the story nicely? Let’s see. 

Oh dear. I have to say that I was very disappointed with this concluding part of the series. The sophistication that was brought to bear in the race elements of the book seemed to be replaced in the final issue with a quick, rushed and fairly generic wrap up. I was disappointed in that it seemed to make obvious choices as regards the race-hate angle, in contrast with issues 1-3 of the series seemed to make surprising choices and challenge the reader. 

This leaves me with some questions as regards to the pacing of the series. To be fair the problem is different to that which occurs with many stories. It seemed to have to rush the series to a close and it made me wonder if this would have been better to run to 12 issues and get a really complex and detailed narrative established. As it stands it feels like we have gotten 4 issues paced along the lines of a 10 or 12 issue arc, with this last issue closing things off too early. 

Bits and Pieces:

A disappointing outcome to a series that I have enjoyed up until now. The art in this closing installment continues to have its urban charm, but the story fell apart for me. A lost opportunity, but I’d return for another arc of books set in this world; an imperfect series rather than a bad one, but not a good closing issue.


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