Excellence #5

Image Comics

Written by Brandon Thomas

Art by Khary Randolph

Colors by Emilio Lopez

Letters by Deron Bennett

The Rundown: Spencer is still experiencing Aaron’s memories and he will have to take desperate actions to remove them and continue his mission.


Spencer has been trying to get in and see Aaron, but he continues to be refused. Still harboring another man’s memories, Aaron will have to find a way to remove them in order to return to his mission with his emotions and memories intact. A prospect that becomes more difficult as he is haunted by the ghost images of Aaron’s trauma.

At the same time, Spencer’s father is aware of what his son is trying to do and in order to keep an eye on him, he sends an unlikely spy/guardian. Knowing that women are not to be trailed in magic, Dales sends a young woman adept in the art to keep an eye on his don. When Spencer puts the next part of his plan into motion, he will have to decide whether her presence is that of friend or foe.

The Story: Brandon Thomas is taking this story in some unique and satisfying places with this issue. Spencer and Aaron’s connection continues to be both complicated and intriguing as a reader. The introduction of Monique into the mix adds some interesting and palpable drama to the events as well as another interesting character with a story I want to learn more about. One of the things that makes this series unique is that the characters are multi-dimensional. Spencer’s father has a unique story of his own and the complicated relationship he has with his son and his surrogate son Aaron is deeper than one would believe. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next and the conclusion of this issue has already convinced me to read on.

The Art: Khary Randolph continues to push the art in more exciting and detailed directions. I love the style of the characters and how Randolph frames a panel. The action is fantastic and I love the anime style of it. It’s a perfect match for the tone and world of this story.

excellence #5




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