ADVANCE REVIEW: The end of the universe? Or is it? In Ludocrats #5, the crazy finale.

Written by Kieron Gillen and Jim Rossignol, Art by Jeff Stokely, Colours by Tamra Bonvillain.

Otto has been arrested and charged with the most heinous of crimes: being boring. He is guilty, or so he thinks. Can he give a testimony to defend himself and then take down the hyperpope? Or will the lunacy continue?

We have finally reached the finale of this series, to say underwhelming would be, I believe, an understatement. Unfortunately I found myself meandering along with this book just waiting for the end. I really wanted to enjoy this series but I feel like it’s such a letdown from some very talented people. I fully understand that the title is Ludocrats, but it just felt like one random event leading to another, talking about random things in ridiculous order. It’s a series that doesn’t feel like it’s coherent at any point at all; even the joke in the last issue about the writers not knowing what they are doing. This might seem funny if it weren’t so true.

There were at least a few moments in this book that I liked. First, I have to mention the cameo appearance by story artist Jeff Stokely (I believe it’s him, looks like him to me). This was a rather random moment in the book that fit well with the story of being crazy and it was also funny, with the like that he gives.

Along with that, I’ve slowly been enjoying the art style as we got further into the series. It’s still not a style that I fully appreciate, but I feel like it’s gotten better or at least now complements the story being told. Stokely and Tamra Bonvillain have fine a great job with the eccentric art style and colours running through the book. They have also done well with the space on the page, playing with panels to make the story seem crazy when characters overlap panels, but yet not too crazy that it’s difficult to follow.

Overall unfortunately I’ve been a little disappointed with the series. It’s not matched up to the world-building of Die or the intrigue of Wicked and the Divine. As much as I want to say it was a lacklustre series, I think that’s what they were going for, but it still just missed the mark with me. I’ve read some crazy things this year, but they are crazy with their characters or in the situations, not both. With Ludocrats, because it’s both, you never truly can grasp what’s going on or who the characters really are. This is a shame, as some of the characters in the story make great protagonists or antagonists, depending on your moral compass.

If you are looking for a crazy ride where it doesn’t matter what the story is or who the characters are, as you’re looking for a book to decompress after a lengthy, morally indecisive book, this could be the one for you. However, like me, if you like your books to have a coherent story, then you might not get as much enjoyment out of this. Either way, if you embark on this crazy adventure, I hope you get more enjoyment out of it than I did.

Ludocrats Issue 5 will be released on 30th September from your local comic shop as well as comixology

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