Writing - 8/10
Art - 8.5/10
Overall - 8.25/10
Writer: Ian Boothby
Artist: Gisele Lagace
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Branwyn Bigglestone
Production: Carey Hall
Released: February 20th, 2019
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Image Comics
Kate and Cate have gone through a lot over the years. But even their accumulated experience hadn’t prepared them for what they’re about to face. Exorsisters #5 brings about too many unexpected turns for the sisters.
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Exorsisters #5 Brings About Some Surprising Twists
The ante has been raised for the Exorsisters in Exorsisters #5. We knew that they were moving onto a major plot, thanks to the events happening in the last two issues. But nothing could have prepared us for what was about to happen. More accurately, nothing could have prepared Kate and Cate.
Exorsisters is one of those series that can easily be underestimated. It looks all light and fluffy, not counting the whole dealing with demons business. But it actually packs quite the punch. Ian Boothby has done an amazing job of making the series great fun, while also throwing in some shockingly intense moments.
This series continues to have an interesting balance between the heavier moments and some of the more humorous ones. Having one sister be more serious, and the other one slightly more insane has allowed for some quick changes in tone for the series.
Taking the time in Exorsisters #5 to show the bond between Kate and Cate was a good call. It helped to remind us that these two do truly love each other and view the other as a sister. It also reminds us of what is at stake in this series. If something goes wrong, one of them could very easily end up alone. It isn’t an event any of us want to see.
Some of the twists in this issue were completely unexpected…but they also fit in well with the more ironic nature of this series. It’s hard to tell how far they’ll push these events. But it is safe to say that it’s going to be impossible to predict the conclusion to this plot.
Exorsisters has always had its own unique look and style. It’s one of the things that make it stand out so much. It’s somewhere between comic book style and cartoon style – but that sort of suites the mixed personalities we’ve been introduced to.
Gisele Lagace is the artist behind the series and the reason for the distinctive style. Pete Pantazis provides the colors, a part which I’m particularly fond of. The colors are bright and bold, with subtle shading. It gives the series a blockier look, but again that fits in with the blended styles here. Finally, Taylor Esposito is the letterer. The lettering does a great job of not taking away from any of the major moments, while also not blending in too much. The shining moments for lettering are the sound effects, but that’s probably no real surprise there.
Exorsisters #5 successfully ups the ante of the series, while also reminding us of everything that these two sisters have to lose. This series has always had fun with its concept, never taking itself too seriously. But it also isn’t afraid to remind us that these girls do in fact have feelings, and have been through hell (literally) and back.
The twists in this issue were surprising, but still , fit in with the storytelling style used. It suits some of the more ironic moments. It also further proved that there is, even more, going on than we can see – but once again they haven’t shown us all of their cards. We’ll have to keep reading in order to see who is behind this whole mess.
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