Suicide Risk 5 (September 2013)

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It’s the best issue of Suicide Risk by miles and I really wish it weren’t. See, it’s a side story. It’s Carey doing the story of a put-upon housewife who gets the chance at superpowers and how it all shakes out. It’s not a regular issue, so it being fantastic doesn’t mean anything for the series itself.

And it’s an outstanding issue. Carey writes first person narration for the character, who’s immediately stronger than anyone else he’s ever written in the comic. He spends almost half the issue dealing with her ground situation–dead end job, pervert boss, crappy husband, crappy kids–before he even introduces the superpowers.

Then he gives her some wacky powers and so it becomes even more inventive. It’s simply wonderful. Nice art from Joëlle Jones too, who manages to go between innocence and grimness. I just wish the regular comic were as strongly written.


Writer, Mike Carey; artist, Joëlle Jones; colorist, Emilio Lopez; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editors, Dafna Pleban and Matt Gagnon; publisher, Boom! Studios.


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  1. Here we part ways. While I certainly understand the need for a fill in on the art?, I founf this interlude chapter somewhat jaring since we’ve been treated to a series of cliffhangers from the first issue on. Plus, I was less impressed with the story. It felt like I had read this one too many times already. Jones art was certainly serviceable, but pretty “sweet” in spots, and it took away from some of the more gritty framatic scenes I thought. Well, if we get back to the normal storyline next issue, all is forgiven.

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