Rose #5 Review – Every Rose Has her Khat–Thorne
Writer – Meredith FinchArtist – Ig Guara
Colors – Triona Ferrell
Letters – Cardinal Rae
Publisher – Image Comics
When I first jumped into this series I was unsure if I would enjoy it, but I believe in giving things a chance. I’m very happy that I did. The action and adventure has been ramping up as each issue is published and Rose #5 finally gives readers the moment they were waiting for; the meeting of titular heroine Rose and her mystical beast, Thorne the Khat. We get to see more of Rose’s true character shine through as she shows strength, determination and kindness. Fans of fantasy and magic should definitely consider picking up this series because things seem to only be getting more exciting from here on out.
Rose makes the hard choice to part ways with her rebel friends, not knowing what fate awaits them but she must find Thorne, who is in trouble. Using their psychic bond, she comes to his aid. However, Rose can’t control her magic yet or fight so it’s a one-sided battle but the two survive the odds. Despite never meeting Thorne before and only just learning about her birthright as a Guardian, Rose shows remarkable fortitude and has an instant connection with Thorne. As a lover and owner of cats, my heart was touched by how close the two are already and hope to see this relationship flourish. As for her other friends, they’re gearing up for a battle and the evil queen is on her way; a challenge I don’t think Rose can overcome with kindness.
Throughout each book, the artwork has always been one of the high points, one thing I enjoy is its usage of color. Unlike in previous issues where action took place in the woods and we were treated to lush green trees, here the battle takes place in what seems to be a dead forest. It reflects the dread surrounding Rose as she fights undead warriors and is close to losing Thorne and giving up. The background also becomes brighter as they secure victory, the sun rising on a new hope, despite how grim things may seem. Characters are also well done, having smooth movements and expressive faces. The panel layouts are nice as well and keep the story flowing while still being a bit on the traditional side.
I want to see what happens next, I want to see Rose continue to grow and become a strong hero. Rose #5 is a lovely read and will keep you coming back for more. There is plenty of action with sword fights with plenty of drama and world building as well. The pacing of the series is really going well, though with Queen Drusilla drawing near I do wonder how things will be resolved as our heroine isn’t at a level yet to take on that wicked woman. This is a great read for fantasy fans with great writing and eye-catching artwork. I’m glad that I gave this series a chance and I feel you should as well.