Review: “Translucid” # 5

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With “Translucid” #5 upon us, I realize I’m going to dearly miss this exceptionally captivating series. It’s been an excellent ride and although it’ll be done next month I can’t help but appreciate it’s brilliance. This is a superhero story that could only be told as a limited series. An ongoing would be too constricting by the inherent fact that it must keep going on. Next issue could be a very real end for both The Navigator and The Horse. There’s real tension here; our hero is in real trouble and the end is truly in sight.

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WRITTEN BY: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
ART BY: Daniel Bayliss
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: August 20, 2014

Reviewed By Torbin Chimners

The Navigator is firmly in the grasp of The Horse, who’s pumping our hero full of an incredibly powerful psychedelic hallucinogen that’s got Navigator tripping balls. His world is twisted beyond comprehension and it looks wicked-awesome. With our hero incapacitated we spend a good majority of this issue with Cornelius, who ended off last issue knocked out and on the floor. He’s recovering from the whole kitchen incident with his mother and wakes up to a nurse and a social worker in the hospital. He’s going to be taken to a new home, a foster home. Needless to say he won’t be suffering any more pain from his appallingly abusive father.

“Angel Guardian” Foster Home, where Cornelius is sent, is your classic Catholic Priest and Nun foster home: it even comes complete with child abuse. Even after all the traumas Cornelius has been through, he still stands up for the little guy and continues to show his convictions as a budding hero. But, things can never be good for too long. The world around Cornelius falls apart in glorious psychedelic fashion.

While I originally thought that the way Cornelius’s world would fall apart in times of great stress was just his developing brain’s way to cope, I now believe it to be something much different. It bares too much of a resemblance to the drug The Horse is administering to The Navigator. Could all of Translucid’s Cornelius sections be The Horse peering back into The Navigators past to uncover his secrets? This could just be the delusion of this reviewer.

Translucid #5 doesn’t fundamentally change things up or answer any questions in earnest. It’s probably saving all of those juicy secrets for Issue #6, but regardless, it’s a great read from start to finish. I have nothing but the utmost certainty that next month’s finale will be spectacular and mind-blowing beyond belief.

Don’t miss it.

Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @Vulgar_Rhombus 

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