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Review: ‘Five Weapons’ #4

Special schools are popping up all over the world. This reviewer is here in South Korea, where they have math, English, science and tae kwon do academies. Creator Jimmie Robinson takes that premise to the extreme in Five Weapons #4. One weapon that’s unaccounted for looks to take over the whole school.

WRITTEN BY: Jimmie Robinson
ART BY: Jimmie Robinson
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: May 29th, 2013

At this private school, much like a famous teen wizard from not so long ago, you must choose a club to join. There’s no magic hat to select that club for you here, it’s all about what you like to kill people with. Welcome to the School of Five Weapons!

Our assassin-in-training Tyler Shainline also is in hiding in more ways than one. Having world famous contract killers for parents means you’re staying in the family business for your own safety. I caught up on the rest of this series this week and found it much lighter in tone than I expected. Yet I really enjoyed how Tyler weaved through the school and made friends and enemies along the way. With clubs like guns, knives, archery, staff and exotic weapons for Tyler to choose from, he’s chosen a different weapon – his brain. It’s a nice twist on a premise that is inherently accessory-themed.

Jimmie Robinson has created a world that is rich enough I feel to tell tales for a long time. His art is unique and angular. I especially like how different everyone looks from club to club. There’s some innovative character designs that are very eye catching.

So far, Tyler has managed to learn secrets, keep secrets of his own (great subplot), make friends, and outwit each club. His final opponent is in the gun club. I’m eager to see how he gets out of the way of bullets and what happens next. This miniseries is definitely worth tracking down the back issues if you’re late for Five Weapons class.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady



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