With the final issue of Infidel, this Image title allows us to sigh with relief. Or gasp in horror. Or both. Or…

Starting with yet another sleep-depriving cover, we get underway. The final issue. As the apartment building from hell continues to challenge the able-minded, co-creators Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell, with José Villarrubia on colors delve right into the Infidel running themes. These are: how various cultures interpret racism, and try to define it; how to fight demons you can’t see until too late (okay, that’s not a theme, it’s a problem to be dealt with), and what will our main characters have to deal with next?? Will anyone survive the onslaught?

Dominant in this issue is interplay of discussions about racism, prejudice and perceived inequalities, contrasted against ultraviolent attacks by incredibly angry racist spirits. The plot progresses, characters make realizations, and there are lots and lots of scary scenes. The artwork is cleverly composed in this issue in particular; Campbell plays with visual perception in a really new way. He finds a new interpretation of how cultural symbols are used. Okay, I’m confusing you, it’s just really cool what he does, and I won’t reveal plot points. Just run with it…

If you’ve been reading Infidel all along, this issue caps it all off in a conclusive way. Let’s hope for a trade collection; these five issues will make great reading all under one cover.

Image Comics, Infidel #5, $3.99 for 40 pages of content, Rated Mature

By Alan Spinney

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!!