Who Better Than Us? (Immortal Men #5 Review)

Writers Tyler Kirkam & James Tynion

Colorist Arif Prianto

Letterer Carlos M. Mangual

Cover Kirkam & Prianto

Last Issue
We learned of the origins of the Immortal Man and the Infinite Woman, and what we thought were two immortal houses are actually five, each of which are run by a person of prehistoric age whom was bestowed immortality by a meteor. The five vowed to work towards the betterment of humanity, each doing it in their own way. Today, only two of those remain and are helmed by the two immortals that were also siblings: the Immortal Man and the Infinite Woman! With a jump back to the modern day, we are met with Timber growing and swinging her mighty blue axe through the building in which her group had holed up. When the last five of the House of Action escape, they run straight into the Infinite Woman. In the middle of the chaos Caden realizes he can use his tactile telepathy to learn combat skills and experience, being able to copy and have the form of the person he had just learned it from. All while the Immortal Man and his sister battle fiercely until she was overwhelmed, forced to send in her bloodless to fight. The Immortal Man, being such an old combatant handles this without even breaking a sweat, leaving his team in absolute awe. Suddenly, the 50,000 year old man is brought down by a literal, and figurative, backstab from his sister – attacked with a blade made from the blood of students to whom he had bestowed immortality. Caden attempts to acquire his knowledge with his ability, but is too late. The Immortal Man is dead.

This Issue

The Infinite Woman gave the last remaining members of the House of Action 24 hours to mourn their loss before they either join her, or die. For a moment to process and bury their mentor they bring him back to where this all began, The Campus. As they eulogize their mentor, Caden stumbles upon the Immortal Man’s Room, where Caden finds an a device made by the recently killed immortal Communion, whose consciousness is in the item. With some new found confidence and vigor through this discovery, Caden and the remnants of the House of Action are ready to finish this war.

Thoughts

This issue was very well done, it made me feel the gravity of our hero’s loss in a manner that is quite uncommon in such an action centered title. The art continues to wow me as the fights flow like well thought out storyboards for a blockbuster movie. Coupled with very carefully written backstory and very well written and timed cliff hangers, i can’t help but be excited to see how Caden finishes his hero’s journey. The only bad point I have so far in this series is that it’s a monthly!

 

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
All in all, this was a great follow up to last week's compelling and heartfelt assault on what's left of our heroes. We now have reason to actually hope that the House of Action has a chance at turning the tide of this war, and with these five rag-tag superhumans, this will be a glorious and heartfelt battle. These last few survivors have a lot of justice to deliver.
Good
  • Great Character Development
  • Beautifly Written
  • Compelling
  • Attention To Detail
Bad
  • Monthly Issues Hurt To Wait For
8.5
Great
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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