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Descendent #5 Review

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Cults, ancient monsters…and Bruce Springsteen. The mystery of the robed villains is finally revealed...or is it?

A quick and dirty end.

Creative Staff:
Story: Stephanie Phillips
Art: Evgeniy Bornyakov
Colors: Lauren Affe
Letterer: Troy Peteri

What They Say:
Cults, ancient monsters…and Bruce Springsteen. The mystery of the robed villains is finally revealed…or is it?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Descendents has been fun but came at a time when AfterShock was running with a couple of different series that involved ancient myths and uncertainties. There’s a lot of appeal for such things since it’s fun to play with conspiracy theories and I like how Stephanie Phillips brought everything up early on and just the flow of it all. Evgeniy Bornyakov continues to do a great job with the look of the book as there’s plenty going on with some decent moments of action but just a solid handle on the characters and their personalities as they come through. I like his take on this world and its story and it fit pretty well for it.

With this being a finale, maaaaybe, Descendent moves quick into wrapping a lot of things up but also leaving things up. The dip into the past with Salem and the witch trials gives us another taste of how things came together then. The summoning of a spirit/creature of some sort in order to get revenge for the other witches makes sense, though the woman doing the calling didn’t expect that it would hollow out her body and wear her skin as an outfit in order to survive down the centuries. The fire-based aspects of the creature are interesting and I like the visual design of it both in the past and how it operates in the present. It has a good and dangerous look to it and it feels like the kind of thing that would make a real impact based on its design to frighten people.

The book gives us some time with the group making their way to the mysterious location that Jo’s partner had given her and there are some fun little character moments there and a bit of walking since where they’re going, there’s no road. This is where the cult comes into play that has been harboring our creature as there’s a sacrificial site where they want the kid to be put through the process, setting things up for their own future. There are some fun nods to those involved but mostly it turns into quick and crazy action as everyone plays a good role in order to bring the sacrifice itself to an end. That’s the main problem here is that everything wraps up quickly when it felt like in the previous issue that we were just getting to the meat of things and really moving forward. Of course, it ends with a panel that says this may not really be the end so it could just be a first chapter ending.

In Summary:
I liked the kind of wonky nature of this series to a degree because the David character is just quirky enough to feel different. The use of Jo and Rachel clicked when they met in the previous issue and Amanda has her own fun by just being a kid, which means she’s a lot like David. Phillips had some fun ideas going on here with the cult and how seeded into the structure of society that it was and that made for a lot of fun in the present. It looked good, had some good humor mixed into the serious situation, and the overarching storyline definitely tickles a particular fancy of mine.

Grade: B-

Age Rating: 15+
Released By: AfterShock Comix
Release Date: September 4th, 2019
MSRP: $3.99

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