Review: Shadow Service #5 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Corin Howell 
Colorist
: Triona Farrell
Letterer: Andworld Design
Designer: Tim Daniel
On Sale: 12/23/2020 

A crazy, gruesome tale this month in what feels like a cross between an 80’s monster movie and a 70’s acid trip as lines are drawn, alliances broken, and the face of her enemy is finally revealed. 

PLOT AND STORY

As her first spy mission for Mi666 comes to a head, she is faced with a brutal choice between the two that might have dire supernatural consequences for all of England. 

Just when you think you know where this story is going Cavan Scott throws in another twist and you end up contemplating what’s next for Gina and Mi666. This series was included in my recent top 10 comics list and issue #5 is another example as to why. Action, gore, magic, monsters and mystery are all key elements in the story and once again forge the backbone of this issue.

ART

Corin Howell is drawing some of the most original and gruesome monsters in comics right now. I love how we meet different monsters in every issue and they all have their own distinctive look and personality. Early in the issue we meet an octopus/plant type monster which is equal parts disgusting and mesmerising to look at. 

Triona Farrell brings the pages to life (or death) with colours which enhances the art brilliantly. The stand out page this issue is towards the middle which looks like you’re tripping on acid with bright, sharp colours and reminds me of a hippies tie-dye t-shirt and is a real contrast to the rest of the issue. 

Andworld Design continues to impress with variant lettering and multiple styles depicting the different people talking.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

At the mid way point in this arc we have met some interesting, bizarre and mystical characters. Our main girl Gina Meyer is still the key to the mysteries surrounding Mi666 and Quill but can we yet say who is working for good and who is working for evil? A supernatural mystery which keeps me on my toes at every turn.

I read this via an advance preview copy issues by Vault comics and received no incentive to review this comic.

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