Review: “Drumhellar” # 5

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Well if you were expecting “Drumhellar” to close out its first arc with a bevy of answers you will be sorely disappointed. Instead Riley Rossmo and Alex Link bring a new level of appreciation to the story by reveling in the cosmic unknown. This isn’t a story about answers. Instead its an experiment in the nature of existence and the role stories have in coming to define us.


WRITTEN BY: Riley Rossmo & Alex Link
ART BY: Riley Rossmo
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: March 5, 2014

So that was a surprising read. Alex Link and Riley Rossmo have been sowing seeds of cosmic weirdness for five months now. I expected a long a convoluted story that tied the characters together and tried to explain the wackiness that is so deeply rooted in the book. Instead “Drumhellar” earns my praise for ignoring all of this in service of a more metaphysical look at the mechanics of story and life itself.

Drum feels enlightened in a world of idiots. He pushes past the veil of “reality” and sees the true nature of the world. It clearly takes a toll on his sanity. Yet, his conviction empowers him to have a deeper understanding of existence.

The script plays with this idea. We’ve entered a world of weird. Dinosaurs can talk and werewolves are commonplace. Rossmo explores this strange state of being with enveloping art and vibrant colors that push the book into a conceptual place of its own. It has built its own neon soaked reality where anything is possible and the strangest problems might have the easiest solutions.

The beautiful simplicity is what drew me to this issue the most. In my time with Drumhellar I’ve been waiting for the big exposition dump that comes to define how this world works and why it is filled with mysticism, the supernatural, and just what Drum’s role in the entire thing is. Turns out, it just is.

Rossmo and Link are perfectly comfortable selling their world as is, and frankly the book is infinitely better for it. Maybe the answers are just lying around the corner, maybe they are far off, and maybe they don’t even exist. Whatever the context, “Drumhellar” concludes its first arc in a courageous and thought-provoking manner that is sure to leave you salivating for the second chapter.

Rating: 4/5 Skuls

  • Patrick

    I’m actually dropping this series after this issue. I figured I’d give it until the end of the first arc which I did. It just doesn’t do it for me anymore. It seems so pointless. The art is fantastic and Rossmo is one of my favorites but I’m just excited for this title anymore.

  • Zac Thompson

    Fair enough, but it never seemed to be the a series about answers. I really dig the direction they’re taking this.