American Gods: Shadows #5

Writer: Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell Artist: Scott Hampton, P. Craig Russell Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 12, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4
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Strange things continue to plague Shadow and Wednesday as their mad American road trip takes them all the way to a surreal roadside attraction, the House on the Rock, where they encounter Mr. Nancy and the worlds largest carousel!

The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula awardwinning novel and upcoming Starz television series by Neil Gaiman is adapted as a comic series for the first time!

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Jul 12, 2017

    American Gods #5 is a strange and haunting jaunt into a mysterious world inhabited by gods. Things are slowly being revealed to Shadow, which makes for some compelling developments and curious changes in the way that Shadow perceives the world around him. There is a real sense of respect about the way in which P. Craig Russell delicately handles this adaptation, never sacrificing the bones of what makes this story special. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Jul 22, 2017

    The premature ending notwithstanding, this is an extremely enjoyable issue. There's no back up this time round and I'm inclined to say that the book benefits from having a little longer to tell its involving but nevertheless leisurely-paced story. After five issues, Wednesday's plan is becoming somewhat clearer and his world richer, weirder and increasingly unsettling. Expanding on his rather taciturn portrayal in the first couple of issues, Shadow is becoming ever more likable. In short, this story continues to smoulder, but there are promising signs that it's about to catch alight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - Justin Sawyer Jul 2, 2017

    In the end, I can't recommend this book to readers looking for their first exposure to Neil Gaiman's work. Not when you can get the novel for about the same price as the forthcoming trade paperback of the comic adaptation. As for his long time fans there is the joy of seeing Gaiman's work adapted to his former stomping grounds of the comics medium, but, unless you're a completist there's little reason to pick up the single issues. Wait for the graphic novel, or, better yet, flip over to Starz and catch up on the visually stunning TV adaptation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Aug 12, 2017

    With this new location comes Hampton's ability to draw some truly kooky things, play with perspectives, and help to build the suspense as Shadow and Mr. Wednesday venture further and further into the house. It's unnerving, unsettling, and a little bit off-putting, just as this portion of American Gods should be. Shadow's not sure what he's getting into and neither are the readers by the end of it. Read Full Review

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