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FIVE SENSES #0
Story: Jake Black/Art: Justin Wayne

 

Review Information

Reviewer: Lee Stone
Review Date: July 2011

Comic Information

Publisher: Viper Comics

7.0

out of 10

 

FIVE SENSES follows businessman Chad Bowman as he struggles to maintain his corporate career and playboy lifestyle after witnessing a brutal murder. Choosing to ignore what he saw because he'd rather not get involved, he soon finds himself dragged deep into the investigation. 

His actions to avoid being "bothered" by the police only serve to make matters worse and the killer eventually takes an interest in his selfishness. 

First appearing at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con, Viper Comics has also revealed a mock trailer for the series. It was very well done (you can probably find it up on their site or if you do a Youtube search) and it does a fantastic job of defining what the story is all about. 

Going into the comic, it gets off to a bumpy start as the art style is a lot more indie than what one would expect after viewing the video. It's not as embellished and polished and at times appears a bit minimalistic, but Justin Wayne does do a nice job of illustrating the story and once things get moving he really hits his stride. 

The only thing I would have liked to have seen is more use of inks. Most of the scenes, especially the backgrounds, looked too bright for the type of comic this is. Meanwhile. other areas, like clothes, sheets and drapes, are rendered incredibly well with a good deal of blacks. If Wayne took what he was doing on the characters and apply that to the surroundings it would be remarkable. 

I have to say that the story we are presented is an interesting concept. Jake Black delivers an intriguing tale as the killer decides to strip Chad of his senses because he lacks sensitivity toward those around him. Again, the comic stumbles at the beginning as Black seems to jump a little too fast at getting the setup out of the way. It does settle down after the first meeting with the investigator and things move in a natural flow from there on out but I think it would have benefited from a slower intro. 

Over the course of the story, Chad is portrayed as a selfish man with no time for anyone but himself. Surely, we can see where this story is headed as most likely he will change his ways and find a spark of compassion hiding somewhere inside. The entertaining part will be seeing how Black and Wayne will get him to that point. 

FIVE SENSES is a unique tale that shows promise once things kick into gear. I think it will be a book to keep an eye on as the story progresses. 






 
 



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