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Monday, May 20, 2013

Comic Review: Five Weapons #3 of 5 by Jimmie Robinson

Five Weapons #3 of 5 by Jimmie Robinson
By:Jimmie Robinson
Diamond ID:FEB130444
On Sale:April 24, 2013
Series:Five Weapons

At the annual school festival, Tyler is caught in a battle between the Archery club and the Exotic weapons club, but a new threat emerges from outside the school that could blow his cover and ruin everything

Since the main character, Enrique Garcia, is posing quite effectively as his best friend, Tyler Shainline, while attending the Five Weapons School, I'm just going to refer to him as Shainline. It's ... just easier that way.

Anyway, Five Weapons #2 left off with Shainline challenging the biggest bully on campus (figuratively speaking), Rick the Stick, leader of the Staff Club. And just like he did with the Knife Club's president, Jade the Blade, Shainline handily wins the challenge without the aid of a weapon of his own. But by doing so, he's further drawn the ire of the school's faculty, led by Principal O.

At this point in the series, the middle-grade vibe has basically taken over, with action and dialogue that feels perfectly suited for a Saturday morning cartoon. He's making friends, has a crush on the cute knife-wielding girl, and his enemies are shaking their fists in anger. No one, however, has discovered his true identity though, and that may be at risk when Joon the Loon is tasked with spying on him to learn his weakness.

The cleverness of the series has reached a peak with me at this point, and Shainline's evasiveness and demeanor is starting to come off as smarmy when interacting with his opponents. At least he retains likability during the breaks between action scenes, bantering with his new friends. Where the apt pupil schtick is running a little thin, the intrigue and suspense involving Shainline being found out, and even potentially defeated, is building nicely. And that helps to keep me interested in the rest of the series.

Still not sure why he is attending the school under false pretenses, so I'm hoping the fourth issue clears that up.

3 1/2 Sheep

Guest Reviewer: Gef Fox
Wag The Fox: a den for dark fiction

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