Review – Sheltered #5

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Publisher: Image Comics
Story By: Ed Brisson
Art By: Johnnie Christmas
Release Date: 20th November 2013

It’s pretty rare that a comic takes five issues to finish up an arc where nothing has happened since the first instalment.

To be fair, ‘Sheltered’ started off with an interesting idea. It looks good, and the writing is pretty solid, but by issue #3 it was already showing its flaws. All of these young characters who seemed easily coerced into killing all of their parents actually appear to be a lot more mature and independent than you would first think, and are also fairly unconvinced by leader Lucas’s bullshit, so as we reach the end of the title’s first arc with issue #5, it really feels like it would all be over by now. Or none of it would actually have happened in the first place.

This latest issue continues to keep the reader guessing as to whether there is actually a natural disaster looming, or if Lucas is actually playing everyone as part of a bigger plan, but ultimately the pacing of this story feels too drawn out to actually keep you caring, and instead of closing the first arc, the end of issue #5 feels more like the mid-point in a story that may already be losing its way.

Rating: 5/10.

The writer of this piece was: AlavAlan Shields (aka Al)
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