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Comic Review: Bodies #5 – Dropping All the Bombshells

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Remember in my review of Bodies #4 when I said I basically just get more confused with each issue? Yeah, well, this issue drops a bomb (both literally and figuratively) and I am on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens next.

 

Bodies Issue 5 Cover
Bodies #5
WRITER: Si Spencer
ARTIST: Meghan Hetrick, Dean Ormston, Tula Lotay, Phil Winslade
COLORIST: Lee Loughridge
LETTERER: Dezi Sienty and Taylor Esposito
PUBLISHER: Vertigo
RELEASE DATE: November 26, 2014

Are you reading Bodies? If not pick up, maybe you should be? Get caught up with Bodies #1, Bodies #2, Bodies #3 , Bodies #4, and Bodies #5. Don’t forget to pre-order Bodies #6!

Bodies #5 seems as if it’ll be content to develop each respective investigation, a typical issue. Shahara views videotape footage from the morgue in which a body storage tray opens and closes on its own. Edmond enters the inner sanctum of the Order of Mithras. The hundreds of…well, unhinged people in the future pass Maplewood, leaving her unharmed. But then, Bounce calls Maplewood back inside where she is confronted by none other than the Longharvest corpse. Alive and seemingly well. And confessing to his own murder.

Um, what? What is happening? People are alive who were dead. Add on to that crazy fact that someone wearing a hijab, suggesting it’s Shahara, shows up in the parade of people and tells Maplewood, “We met before we were both born. Remember?” Oh, also, an undetonated German bomb shows up under Charles’ transport in 1940. So basically, overall, we have what is probably the most explosive (in terms of both actual bombs and figurative information-bombs) issue that we’ve had yet. Utterly entertaining, thrilling, and interesting. I really don’t even need to comment on the artwork in this issue, because it’s on point as always. Each artist embodies their given time period so well that even though they’re different, they flow together smoothly.

My only worry is that we will continue to have issues that completely blow all of our theories out of the water every single issue instead of having everything come together and explained. I think that Spencer is a highly capable storyteller so I’m pretty sure it’ll have a satisfying, if not prettily tied up with a bow, ending that’ll probably have us wishing it wasn’t just an 8-issue run (though I think Spencer might go insane if it was any longer). Here’s looking forward to Bodies #6!

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