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Resonant #5 Review

4 min read
Give into the violence.

Situations only get worse in stories like this.

Creative Staff:
Story: David Andry
Art: Alejandro Aragon
Colors: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Deron Bennett

What They Say:
As Paxton fights tooth-and-nail for survival on Honcho’s island, Bec prepares to defend the family home from invaders. Meanwhile, Ty finds himself drawn in deeper with the Congregation. But an old menace returns, threatening to disrupt his new life.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Resonant has put our main cast into some very different situations and that definitely makes for a good book to read. David Andry handles the split of stories well so that it feels like everyone is well-served in moving forward to varying degrees even though I don’t think they get equal pages. But each of them feels like we had enough time to connect and move forward with. It also doesn’t hurt in this area that Alejandro Aragon does such a great job in making the characters feel accessible through body language or facial expression so that we really do get to connect to them right. It makes for a lot of fun whether dealing with kids or dealing with adults in this stark and violent world.

Paxton himself is what I’d still call the A-story in all of this as he tries to figure out the best way to get off Honcho’s island. The arrival of the other side to fight makes for several pages of great but not gratuitous violence as everyone goes at it, though Paxton himself works things so that he’s causing the least violence possible while still surviving. That doesn’t go unnoticed by others like Miki, who really is surprised by how much he’s trusted in her when it comes to her sensing the Waves. That her ability has solidified by being closer to him raises all sorts of questions, however. There’s a lot to like in seeing how he’s navigating this area and that there are a few that are going to try and make their ride back on the boat, including the doc, as that sets us up for some intense moments to come.

Tyrone’s story has him really being taken in by this little village and all the religious trappings he doesn’t quite understand. He goes through a baptism in the water with the priest and that puts him on a new journey as he’s just enjoying the attention and all the outside aspects of what feels like a safe area. That he ends up at his age somehow married without realizing it? That’s the icing on the cake that will cause problems later. It’s also a nice contrast to watching Stef and Bec back at the house where she’s trying to do her best to take care of him but the situation goes poorly briefly at the worst time; a baby bear has shown up and set up camp outside which is keeping her from getting out there herself. You know that’s going to be a real problem soon on a number of levels, particularly if mama bear comes looking and decides the inside of the house is appealing.

In Summary:
There’s a lot going on with everyone and Andry and Aragon are bringing it together with a good sense of momentum behind it. Each situation has something that’s bad in the wings that could come in and ruin everything at any time and that keeps the thing pretty tense. I’m definitely enjoying Andry’s pacing and character development as Paxton and the rest are coming along well. And I’m digging Aragon’s artwork a whole lot as it has a kind of rough edge and vibe that I really enjoy for books like this. It’s got some great layouts and smooth progression from panel to panel to tell the tale in a way that keeps it engaging with just about every panel. Very easily recommended.

Grade: B+

Age Rating: 17+
Released By: Vault Comics
Release Date: November 27th, 2019
MSRP: $3.99

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