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Review: ‘Suicide Risk’ #5

For one reason or another “Suicide Risk” continues to fly under the radar and readers are painfully unaware that this book has been consistently good. Issue #5 is a standalone issue, so it’s a great jumping on point for new readers and it just happens to be the best issue in the series yet.

WRITTEN BY: Mike Carey
ART BY: Jolle Jones
PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
RELEASE: September 11th, 2013

This issue acts as an issue #0 of sorts where we get the origin of Ada as she makes the transformation into the villain Instant Access. We get an inside glimpse of Ada living paycheck-to-paycheck, dealing with an abusive husband, and being pushed to the brink of insanity by her kids. Then when she gets offered a chance to be activated with superpowers, so she sets out to extract revenge on anyone that has previously wronged her.

When reading “Suicide Risk” you definitely get the impression that writer Mike Carey is world-building here and that he has a long form road map that is guiding his typing hand. This issue does deviate from the main plot, but it was a nice change of pace from the over storyline and there were some brilliant plot twists that made this one of the best books that came out this week. Carey has been doing a great job slowly peeling back the layers of this story in each issue to reveal new plot twists and keep things exciting for readers.

Normally the art on “Suicide Risk” is handled by Elena Casagrande, but for this issue Joelle Jones stepped in to handle the artistic chores. Jones style is a little bit more cartoonish than Casagrande, but somehow it works perfectly for this story. Jones does a great job capturing the expressions of the characters to convey the proper emotion that each scene needs to really pop.

“Suicide Risk” continues to be one an interesting examination of superheroes and how they would use those powers if they existed in today’s world. Not since Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker’s landmark run on “Gotham Central” have we had a title that examines the ramifications of regular people coming into contact with superpowers and how it effects those around them. Carey is doing a great job building the world and the characters in “Suicide Risk”, so we can only hope that the sales support this title so we can see what he has in store for readers.

4/5 Skulls



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