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The Ocean Will Take Us #5 Review

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“Everyone Out Of The Pool”

Creative Staff:
Story: Rich Douek
Art: Carlos Olivares
Colors: Manuel Puppo
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

What They Say:
As the launch of Triton Oceanic’s Wave Power Plant approaches, the gang finds themselves in a race against time to expose the cult, figure out the company’s involvement, defeat the bad guys and maybe, just maaaaybe save the world? Find out what happens in the action-packed finale of THE OCEAN WILL TAKE US!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
While the series started in an interesting way as Rich Douek was giving us a bit of a teen horror series where things aren’t all dark and grim, at least visually, it has definitely grown beyond that while still keeping that at its core. Douek packed a lot into the run and brings it to a close with this issue. What I loved was that they took the time to give these characters – and situations – time to breathe along the way so that we got to know them better even if it moves fast overall. Carlos Olivares is handling the artwork for this with Manuel Puppo doing the color design and it has a really good “fun” look about it with the characters and the bright colors. It’s leaning into that vibrant Cali lifestyle and all the rich blues and greens will definitely help it. It’s definitely a welcome change from the much darker-looking books that we’ve seen in the last few years from lots of publishers in this genre.

As expected for a final issue, it’s one that has a lot going on with a lot of action and not as much character material as you might like. It does resolve cleanly enough while also giving us an opening for more. The first segment works well as we see the gang coming together to do the right thing and revealing what’s going on to the world. The dialogue about trying to get help from the adults plays well in that they really have no idea about who to trust after seeing so many people in robes and masks before. They know they have to rely on each other and that means coming up with a simple plan that essentially has them going into a confrontation with Brian’s father. This sequence overall provides the right kind of final bonding sequence for the kids as they go into the facility and we get the bit of time with Brian’s father as he deals with things ahead of the big show. At least until the kids make their play.

And it does surprise him that his son is there but he also makes it clear to Brian that he’s not a part of the cult and that they’re just useful fools for creating this new world order. He plays it as not being under the sway of the dweller from below because he’s older and not a basic person or something, but the fact he’s willing to sacrifice his living son for his dead one that the dweller is controlling doesn’t speak well to him. The book delves into the action well in the facility and just throws a lot of chaos at the reader, though it does work well to keep it active and moving forward, but it leans into the simple thing of all of the chaos being what destroys the facility and saves the day, at least for now. It’s not the end of things but it feels like it does something to end their story in a sense for now. Of course, an epilogue sets up how they’ll get drawn back in if there’s another run ahead of us.

In Summary:
I had a lot of fun with this series overall and the finale brings it to a close about as expected. It is a finale that will read better when you burn through the whole series at once rather than on the monthly run as I did because it’s the culmination of events and feelings from the characters. It all comes across really well here with some great emotion out of Brian and the interactions with his father. It comes at the cost of dealing with most of the other characters in the action side of it, unfortunately. They get their moments but it’s something that doesn’t feel like everyone is as involved as they have been, but it makes sense in the context of the story. The property is a lot of fun and I’m glad they left the door open for more and hope that we see something else out there. It’s the kind of book that I wish would just do a run of one-off specials before going into something more to help expand everything and do some good character focus stuff because Douek did a really good job with the cast of characters and their dialogue.

Grade: B+

Age Rating: 15+
Released By: AfterShock Comics
Release Date: August 31st, 2022
MSRP: $3.99