Comic Review: Shanghai Red #5 (Image)

Issue 5 of Shanghai Red carves out the remainder of the ‘revenge of the shanghai’d person’. Ably written and illustrated by Joshua Hixson, this five-issue saga has been worthwhile reading. […]

Issue 5 of Shanghai Red carves out the remainder of the ‘revenge of the shanghai’d person’.

Ably written and illustrated by Joshua Hixson, this five-issue saga has been worthwhile reading. The bloody tale of revenge has had us in its grips since the scene-setting first issue. Jack, drugged and thrown onto a ship in Portland Oregon, is actually female. The gender disguise, a survival mechanism, has become a real second identity. But now Jack, in the throes of revenge back in Portland, is finding things more challenging than expected. The bad guys are not lying down willingly!

Without revealing much of the story at this late date, I recommend this book. If you have been following along through the issues, this one will be a good way to cap off the experience. If you haven’t picked up the first four, perhaps hang on until the trade collects them all.

Hixson has told a consistently heart-wrenching story of kidnapping, family loss, revenge, and betrayal, with art reminiscent of Sam Glanzman and Joe Kubert, perhaps. Or maybe Francesco Francavilla. Anyway, no matter: this dark and dirty tale will keep you enthralled whenever you pick it up, me matey!

Image, Shanghai Red 5 (of 5) $3.99 for 32 pages of content. Teen Plus

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!