The Scourge #5
So going into this fifth issue I was worried. I haven’t read the first four, and usually that’s a notch against the series. Interestingly enough, I was able to dive right into the issue. The action is cool, story seems interesting, and while I don’t know how all of these characters came together, they seem interesting.
The Statue of Liberty has been in the United States since the late 1800’s and has seen millions of people come and go over the years. But, you bet she’s never seen this: an army of gargoyles perched atop her arms, her robes, and her crown, ready to leave Manhattan and spread an ancient pandemic across the entire United States! Only one man can stop this outbreak, and SWAT officer Jon Griffin had better hurry– because the United States Government is less than an hour away from dropping a bomb on New York City!
Part of the reason it was easy to get into the comic was because the story is familiar. It’s very similar to other Vampire or Zombie tales, but this one has to do with crazy demons. It’s accessible partially because of that. But, the story is also pretty damn unique. There’s talk of bee hives and frequencies and while the military plays a role, it isn’t the complete focus.
The art is cool with some fantastic page layouts and awesome scenes. The angles and perspectives that are taken are really good, the art just popped for me. Reading on an iPad, it really stood out for me. While this might have been the fifth issue, it was entertaining like the first and made me want to check out what’s come before.
Story: Scott Lobdell Art: Eric Battle Publisher: Aspen Comics
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy