Review: ‘Storm Dogs’ #5

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There is truth in living a lie, and there is lying to one’s self to live. All that happens on this far away planet is connected. All are brought into the light in the latest chapter of David Hine and Doug Braithwaite’s space-murder-mystery, Storm Dogs. The hunt for the mysterious Sarlat and the truth of the planet Amaranth comes closer into view in “Storm Dogs” #5.

WRITTEN BY: David Hine
ART BY: Doug Braithwaite
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: 1 May 2013

Doors are opened and closed both physically and metaphysically. In between are some things that would trip out Jim Morrison himself. What started out as a CSI-in-space-mystery is turning into something else entirely as we reach the home stretch. Artist Doug Braithwaite’s style has cleaned up as the story has progressed. The lines seems more in-focus this issue. It may have been the artist’s intent to start the tale off rough and gritty and almost fuzzy. Now that the story reaches its climax, the characters and everything around them seem more crisp and precise.

The coloring by Ulises Ardela has greatly improved as this story has developed. No longer do readers see the desolate and bleak coloring of the deserts of this alien world. Now we are witness to the vivid blues and reds of Amaranth’s underbelly. Perhaps it is symbolic of the story itself. On this rough outside, it appears as a simple whodunit on a foreign world. Now that we are so close to the heart of why everything happened, the true boldness of those plans within plans can be shown with vibrant reds and blues.

The secret history of the planet itself is being explored. Ancient traditions are being mashed together with futuristic technology. At the same time, the murder mystery continues to expand. Also at the same time, the use of technology as a tool to live a different life is explored. Honestly, there are a lot of different plot lines and story points going on throughout this chapter. It’s almost hard to keep track of it all. Hopefully, there is a line connecting them by the end.

3.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady