Adventureman 5 ADVANCE REVIEW: Stunning art, but a slightly confusing arc-ending chapter

Written by: Matt Fraction, Pencils and colours by: Terry Dodson, Inks by: Rachel Dodson, Letters by: Clayton Cowles.

Baroness Bizarre is attacking the city with her hoards of insects, and all that stands between her and control is Claire and Gentleman Jim. Disguising themselves as the entire crew of Adventureman is a bold move, and even then Jim is unsure if their ruse will work. They might need a little help along the way.

It’s been almost a year since issue 4 was released, which does raise some concerning questions about the release schedule or potentially delays in writing. In a 3 page essay at the end, this is slightly reflected upon, in that the team want to release a 5 issue arc every year, then after the third arc, the plan is to branch out into multiple spin-offs. Although they do say it’s too soon to say, so as we are still almost 2 years away, I think that might have to be put on the back burner.

Another aspect from the final essay that was rather confusing, is the fact that a new arc is beginning next month. When the last issue finished, it felt to me like it was left on a cliffhanger ending, but enough of one to set up the next arc. I thought this was clarified by a hardback release of issues 1-4; but if it only had one issue left to complete the arc, why release a collection now? This is why I thought it was a clever way of ending the first arc, however that clearly wasn’t the plan as this issue is meant to finish off the first arc. Which does again bring up the question: why did it take almost a year to finish off the arc?

With that out of the way, let’s get on to the main aspects of the book. The art by Terry and Rachel Dodson is absolutely immaculate as always. One thing I’ve been championing since the first issue was how good the art is. It’s keeping up not just consistency but quality. Nothing is as frustrating as a book that can have beautiful artwork one issue and poor artwork the next. This book is stunning, and keeps that high level of perfection that will either make other artists strive towards or bow their head and realise they could never get anywhere near this good. For anyone who has been following my reviews, I’m very partial to skyline panels. There have been many with this series, but the example above really made me stop and stare. I cannot fault the artwork of this series at all, and I look forward to this book each issue so I can revel in its beauty.

Ok, so now on to the writing: overall throughout the series I’ve enjoyed how the story has played out. We are now at the close of the first arc, and I don’t think we have had enough time with the original team. We did have the first half of the first issue dedicated to them, but after that it felt like we’d forgotten them, just like the world has. I’m not sure if this is on purpose, as there’s more to tell through the second arc, but the way this ended it gave some closure to a few of the team members, which makes me think we won’t get to see much more of them.

Overall, despite it being very confusing with the future of Adventureman and frustrating with a year's delay to close out the arc (if they hadn’t had said anything I thought it was going to be an action packed beginning to the second arc), this is still a great book, the artwork alone is worth the cover price. So now it’s time to wait to see what happens with the future of Adventureman . . . as they say: To Be Continued.

Adventureman #5 will be released from Image Comics on 29th September from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology


Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.

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