Here’s the thing about the short-lived, but nonetheless awesome Showtime series, Penny Dreadful had a team and cast that knew how to set a mood. They offered disturbingly awesome interpretations of literary monsters that fit the era in pure style. Week to week they became more accessible thanks to the talent behind them and I’m happy to say that the tradition continues in monthly form via these books from Titan.
Chris King pens the script and the dark hour has come, Lucifer is finally free to walk among us and Sir Malcolm has fallen. The master of lies has inhabited the body of his Amunent, Vanessa Ives, leaving the Wolf of God at a crossroads. And that right there is where the issue picks up and gains its literary strengths, as the author presents a dire situation and finally pushes a reunion that’s been in the making since the show’s season one finale. As the woman formerly known as Brona Croft sits face to face with the man she loved a lifetime ago. The whole release is ripe with plot development as characters embrace their darkness or struggle to figure out what to do next as The Awakening continues.
Now when it comes to transitioning a property from one medium to another there’s really two different ways to go. The art can be focused on trying to capture the likeness of the cast or embrace a style all its own, for the works of Jesús Hervás it’s the latter. There are moments where his renditions look like the talents but for the most part he offers their essence, what made them who they were, in a unique series of pencil strokes. It’s an all encompassing display that’s chaotic but beautiful, especially when the colors by Jason Wordie are added in.
In the end Penny Dreadful: The Awakening #5 is downright great from cover to cover. It’s the start of a really bad day for our cast but man oh man the whole narrative acts as a brilliant crescendo that’s bound to make longtime fans grin eagerly from ear to ear.
(9.5 / 10)