Umbral #5

Umbral #5

Writer: Antony Johnston Artist: Christopher Mitten Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 26, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 2
9.0Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Did you really think we could get through five issues without doing a bit of "now harken ye to these olde legends"? Then you haven't been paying attention. There are clues in here! Important ones! And gods fighting with swords, too, if you like that sort of thing. Some do.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Justin Giampaoli Mar 31, 2014

    Individual comics are sometimes treated as throwaway items by even the people who create them, but Johnston, Mitten, Boyd, and Mauer treat them as lost artifacts of some depth, as a tactile objet d'art which can be pored over, line, verse, and panel, inviting the audience to linger for the enveloping experience. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Geo N Mar 29, 2014

    Issue #5 is a great read and is essential in our understanding of the world Johnston and Mitten have created for us. We learn the origins of the Umbral, however, more questions are raised when Dalone returns. What is the Orbis he was speaking of? How did Dalone survive? Most importantly, what is it that the Umbral ultimately want. The Oculus must be more significant than Munty made it out to be if Prince Arthir is trying so desperately to attain it. The continuing struggle of Rascal and her friends comes together nicely in this issue of Umbral and the art by Mitten, Boyd, and Mauer continue to mesmerize. Chasing Shadows, the title of issue six, can't get here soon enough so we can learn more about this spirited and magical land. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Mar 24, 2014

    This issue may not be heavy on character moments, which is probably my only knock against it, but when the mythology looks this good and proves to be compelling, it's hard to be bothered anyway. Johnston and Mitten again prove that they've got a winner here and the more we learn about this exciting world, the more excited I am to see what's next. Moreover, with the return of a character we thought we'd lost, there's a palpable sense that something big is bound to happen soon and we're on the edge of our seats as we wait to see what's next. Simply put, UMBRAL is a fantastic comic that should capture the attention of fantasy and non-fantasy fans alike and continues to get better with every issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Mar 31, 2014

    Enjoyable, interesting and a credit to its genre, "Umbral" is a comic I give to everyone. I give this review to you so that you will do the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Mar 25, 2014

    Umbral bounces back from passable fourth issue, being the energetic fantasy series that it promised to be. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Mar 26, 2014

    Umbral continues to be a great surprise of a series, and one that I look forward to more with each and every reading. Johnston also does a fantastic job of enticing even more with the ongoing cryptic blurbs with which he decorates his back covers, and just like the different fingers of story, I can't wait to see how this will all finally coalesce. Read Full Review

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