Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #5
Writer: Gerard Way & Jon Rivera
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Colors: Nick Filardi
Letters: Clem Robins
Covers: Michael Avon Oeming & Nick Filardi; Mitch Gerads
Editors: Molly Mahan
Publisher: DC Comics
As I suspected Chloe is the key to EBX getting what they want from the Muldroog. What they want is to unleash a damn demon (The Whisperer) into the world and turn everyone into plant people because Edward is a crazy person and Paul is the type of greedy that’ll be ride or die for any scheme if there’s even a chance he can make some money off of it. Meanwhile, Cave and Chloe learn some of the history of, and make peace with, their family (while tripping balls, naturally) while poor Wild Dog recovers from The Whisperer’s influence with a highlight reel of all the horrible things that have happened to him. All of the above? Just a third of what goes down in this issue.
Way and Rivera are ramping up their story as all parties involved begin moving towards an epic clash with the fate of the world in the balance. The humor I’ve come to expect of this series is here in full force (from gentle teasing to outright black humor) while balancing out the very real issues of PTSD, environmental destruction and Cave’s and Chloe’s ongoing struggle with grief. It’s a hard line to balance, and one that’s often not done very well by the big two – outside the BatFamily books (especially since Rebirth) or Loki: Agent of Asgard, that goes to show what happens when you allow creators to truly tell a layered story.
As always Michael Avon Oeming, Nick Filardi and Clem Robins artwork, colors and letters (yes letters, I cannot emphasize enough how much Robins’ letters bring to the story) elevate the storyline from awesome to sublime. From the head trip, to the action sequences to the flashbacks you are fully immersed in every moment, as it happens. Combine that with the little nods to DC Comics’ eighty years of history scattered throughout each and every issue and you’ve got artists who not only know their stuff but are clearly having a great time doing what they do.
Five out of Five plant people.