*I was given a copy of Spectacle Vol. 5 in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Oni Press and Megan Rose Gedris*
At long last, sideshow performer Anna comes face-to-face with her sister’s killer, and she is not in a forgiving mood. But there’s a far more sinister enemy behind everything; one Anna and her friends might not be able to beat, one they might not even be able to reach. Only Anna is determined and ready for a confrontation, while everyone else is eager to put it all behind them.
Ghosts were one thing. Demons were another. Can Anna find a way into another dimension to fight a god?
Volume five was definitely the best instalment in the series and that’s a little sad to say. I wish the entire series had this much action, emotion and character development. Overall, this is a very decent series, but this volume really was a standout.
The colour work was incredible. I loved the sections in ‘hell’, the colour scheme and world design were stunning. I’m a huge fan of pinks, purples and blues as a palette, and it was done beautifully here.
A lot happened in Spectacle volume five, and the pacing was done pretty well. The end seemed a bit rushed with Anna staying behind and fighting her way back (which you don’t see) happening over just a few pages. But honestly, I’m pretty happy with how everything went down.
The cast of characters bonded even further, everyone had clearly identifiable personalities and the ending was satisfactory. The whole thing felt like a fever dream, but in the best way possible. Everything made logical sense and it wasn’t a classic case of deus ex machina, well not completely. It definitely had a sense of that, but I didn’t mind it.
I loved the section after the ending of the story which told you what the characters got up to after everything went down. The closure was satisfying and the little stories were very interesting. It was great to read what they all did into their old ages and I loved that Anna became a crime-fighting vigilante.
If you are looking for a unique graphic novel series with an intriguing story, then I’d definitely recommend Spectacle. It takes a while to get going, but it’s a ton of fun and the art style is great.
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