The Dying and the Dead #5 Review – There’s No Shame in the Truth
With this issue, we reach the halfway point of the long delayed series. Fortunately, every issue continues to be worth the wait. In this installment, our team hits the ground shooting in Japan. Under heavy fire, they work their way through the Japanese forces until something much heavier blocks their way. We are also regaled with a story of the Great War, of living up to the legacy of someone who can’t be there to personally lead the way, and of how growing older helps you discover the truth of life, be it pride or shame. There is no shortage of dead and, hopefully, few dying.
Jonathan Hickman doesn’t write gently. That is, he’s a surgeon and a damn good one, at that. Sometimes, his cuts are precise and sometimes he takes the whole arm off, but what he cuts is always what he intends to. Traditionally a science fiction writer, Hickman shows with this issue that he can add “war comics” to his list. A deep tale of World War 1 wisdom amid a background of gunfire, death, and even a little hope. These two beautful aspects come together to make something indescribably more so.
Ryan Bodenheim’s art is absolutely stunning. Be it serene beauty or outright gore, he’s an artist in the purest sense of the words. Bodeheim also does something that, as a reader, I love – he adds incredibly fine detail to seemingly simpler pictures. His clean, sharp lines add to the cutting story that make his work with Hickman a true partnership. His art flows and is logical, and his progression from panel to panel is flawless.
Something additional is thrown into this comic. Hickman includes art from the next three issues of this (now) mini-series. That is, he is well aware of the delays in the comic and he’s giving us faith that more is coming. The end is in sight and, now that it’s back, I don’t want it to go. Highly, highly recommended!
Story: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Ryan Bodenheim
Colors: Michael Garland
Letters: Rus Wooton
Publisher: Image Comics