Comic Book Review: Sovereigns #5


If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Dynamite when I first took interest in their stories, it is that you NEVER sleep on the stories like this. The stories that dare to bring iconic characters together in a way you haven’t seen before, or maybe in a way more welcoming to the new age of readers. Sovereigns has been an exciting tale of disaster, and rising to the occasion when there’s a time to be a sovereign and a time to be a hero.

As they say, this issue is it. The place to be to have all your questions answers whether they have to do with what exactly this darkness is that obliterated humanity, or what it is that must be done to save a soon to be doomed world. From the start of this issue and since the first issue I have found Magnus to be an excellent lead for this story. You question the cost to save the world and this guy has consistently gone above and beyond to step up to the plate where the others lost their way over the years. He is the hero I would say I’m least familiar with in terms of character history, so I was impressed to be able to follow this machine-man who somehow has the most heart. If there was an end to him to experience, it would have been worth the wait because of the effort on his part to make a difference.

Some stories I will say fail, and that can partly be the complexity of the plot that is to blame. Either too many questions and too little answers, or just too much confusion without a clear path in sight. Sovereigns hasn’t been that case safe to say. There were moments where you did have to sit back and wonder what was going on, but there was always steps forward with each passing issue towards revelation. It was following Magnus’ protocol that solidified my impression of the approach to this story. They really thought about what led to the world we see in 2525. His solution to preserving the world made sense in terms of survival over resolution. Not to mention it finally got into the mystery of where this Samson came from and what made him in particular so important to saving a world that was technically already lost. As for the answers to everything, though long-winded I do feel as though everything came full circle.Surely one or two things may go over your head which is to be expected from the person who was tasked with telling us everything we needed to know.

It as well made sense of the all-new Spektor, Magnus, and Turok we have before us while raising the good question of why we don’t quite see a Solar in the mix. I think that little loose end was wise for signalling that there is much more to come or a bigger picture in play.

This art team of Johnny Desjardins and Mohan worked out better than I thought they would at the end of the first issue. I remember they were a bit shaky at first, though it didn’t take long for them to take control and breathe life into these unfolding events and characters involved. They kept a consistent quality in the artwork going up till the very end while shaking things up through the appeal of presentation. The word bubbles were creative, and more than that the panel layout that even took some unique forms this issue as well. What was key here that they nailed was the transition between these scenes and panels. The only way they could have screwed this up was if they lost you through bad organization of events or making you read this through an awkward perspective. That aside, the execution of the moment where the sovereigns and the world was saved turned out better than I thought it would be. It was like The colors in particular you recognize most here for how explosive they are without blinding you to the details in what’s actually going on. This last part of the story was just another example of how well Mohan does with warm colors, and colors of a natural selection when taking us back to something grounded at the end of the issue.

The excitement and satisfaction I felt for Sovereigns #5 was like the first time I flipped open a page of ‘Masks’ from Dynamite. The things you can do when you bring these heroes together is astounding. They don’t exist or fight in the same way our modern superheroes do and that is something to appreciate.

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