Review: Heavy #5 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Max Bemis
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Colourist: Cris Peter
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 10/02/2021

A story about the existential purpose of dumb boys with big guns.

PLOT AND STORY 

Turns out when you blow up the universe God gets pissed at you. At least he’s pretty friggin mad at Bill. Facing the consequences of his altercation with Moore, Bill must now relive the worst day of his life throughout all of time and space with Slim as his divinely appointed chaperone. But that’s nothing compared to the shocker he’s going to find on the last page. And even that’s nothing compared to the revelation that Slim might actually have…”GASP”…feelings?

With the series now taking a break Max Bemis could not have left us hanging off a bigger cliff. This issue takes on a much deeper and emotional tone as we revisit a time in Bill’s past that he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. The way this series has been built is presenting Bill as the good guy and Slim as the bad guy but the more we learn from their past the more those lines get blurred. This was another cracking issue pact full of humour and grotesque references and solidifying Bill and Slim as my favourite not so dynamic duo.

ARTWORK

Just when you think this series couldn’t shock you anymore it yet again fills the pages with delightful surprises. Eryk Donovan and Cris Peter have made an amazing team creating fun and unique characters and never holding back on the graphic and gruesome tone. The part of this issue which stood out was the introduction of God. Everyone has an image in their head of what God looks like, normally based on a TV or Movie adaptation (which is hilariously commented on) but this version of God is nothing what I expected and readers should get a good kick from this.

Completing this creative powerhouse is letterer Taylor Esposito who once again brings the story to life with flawless words. Something that always stands out for me with Esposito’s letters is his ability to lay out the page and keep the text perfectly proportional to the artwork.

FINAL THOUGHTS

As volume one comes to an end, Heavy was my favourite comic from 2020 and this is one trade paperback I am desperate to get my hands on. The conclusion to this volume is a perfect blend of conclusion to the previous stories and laying the foundations for what’s coming next. This is what happens when a creative team are all at the top of their game.

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

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