The Secret History of D.B. Cooper 5 (July 2012)

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Well. There are two red herrings, one predictable reveal and one rather lazy tying off. And a convenient death (or two) and a nonsensical reveal. Churilla manages to end well without much originality.

Throughout the series, Churilla has made Cooper sympathetic but not particularly likable. Everyone around him–save the doctor–is more unlikable, so Cooper floats to the top on that one. Those scenes with the cute bear provide all the buoyancy.

There’s also a full mix of the real world and the Glut, which doesn’t come off as well it should. Churilla’s clearly pressed for time–had he halved that filler issue a few back, he’d have room. The action scenes are fast-paced and often confusing; it doesn’t help Churilla usually tries to avoid one of the unfulfilled plot threads.

Cooper does work–Churilla just tries too hard to be clever. He needed to trust his material.

CREDITS

Writer, artist and colorist, Brian Churilla; letterer, Ed Brisson; editor, James Lucas Jones; publisher, Oni Press.

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