Charismagic (vol.2) #5 Review

The penultimate issue of this volume has arrived, but is it really a worthwhile addition to this franchise?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Aspen:

Be prepared because everything you thought you knew about magic is about to vanish!

The brutal laws of the Golden Realm come crashing down on Hank, Sudana and Sparkles as they discover they have definitely come to the wrong place to rescue mankind–and it could cost them their lives! To make matters worse, the vile beast Torgan, along with Hector and Alle, have picked up the trail of the group, and will stop at nothing to catch their prey!

From the first page to the final panel a lot happens in this hard hitting and somewhat complex release.  Our heroes and villains have been through the proverbial wringer but now the pieces of this little play are surely falling into place, as these worlds of fantasy prepare for the forthcoming shake-up.

The script by Vince Hernandez is simple and to the point, as it charts a true course through some necessary destruction.  We have plenty of things left up in the air on both Earth and over in the Golden Realm, as two skirmishes quickly escalate with each passing blow.  There’s a lot to take in but to the detriment of an otherwise sterling adventure some of the dialogue is just too wordy.  The end result is a sluggish pace at some key moments, where the action gets bogged down by exposition.

Vincenzo Cucca handles the art, and the plucky but chaotic spirit that drives this franchise forward continues in earnest.  I found myself instantly drawn in by the line work as this talent seamlessly brings out of this world elements to believable life.  In particular I found a couple of the panels to be expertly handled, especially as it related to a few furious felines.  In short: the illustrator delivers an engaging body of work that’s destined to please.

Charismagic (vol.2) #5 has some narrative problems but that doesn’t prevent it from being an exciting lead-in to a potentially memorable conclusion. Recommended.

3.5/5

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